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Patron Groups


five-a members at citywide reception
5A: African American Art Advisory Association
Celebrate the accomplishments of African American artists by becoming a member of the African American Art Advisory Association (5A). Founded in 1993, 5A has given vital support to the Museum’s collections, education programs, and community outreach. Now in its third decade, 5A once again renews its commitment to engage the community at large, promoting both the legacy and future of artwork …
Patron Groups - Art + Paper
Art + Paper
Art + Paper fosters a deeper appreciation for the graphic arts and encourages the understanding and collecting of works on paper through a series of exciting events with artists, collectors, curators, conservators, and other experts. Membership dues directly support the prints and drawings department, and the membership year culminates as the curatorial staff presents a selection of objects to …
Patron Groups - contemporary@mfah
contemporary@mfah
contemporary@mfah highlights and celebrates the role of contemporary art at the Museum through dialogues with museum professionals, tours of exhibitions and private collections, and artist studio visits. Members have the opportunity to travel to a major art destination with curators, and to learn about best practices in collecting with an emphasis on how to acquire and maintain the art of our time …
Clarissa Tossin Em Estillo Patron Groups
Core Salon
For those who wish to support emerging artists and critics in the Core Fellows Program, the Museum’s premier residency program at the Glassell School of Art, the Core Salon provides an opportunity to connect with Core Fellows and enjoy intimate gatherings, private collections and discussions on contemporary art. Those who join at the 10 X 10 level receive a limited edition work of art created by a …
Design Council Patron Group
Design Council
As part of the decorative arts department, the Design Council focuses on the defining role that art objects and design play in everyday life. This dynamic group meets bimonthly for lectures, visits to private collections, and behind-the-scenes exhibition tours. Design Council also supports the Museum’s growing collection of decorative arts and design. The membership year culminates with an annual …
Patron Groups - Family Circle
Family Circle
The Family Circle fosters long-term appreciation of the visual arts for families and children while supporting the MFAH. Benefiting a range of important education initiatives, the group’s programs are led by the learning and interpretation department. The Museum hosts three events per year for Family Circle members, engaging patrons with the MFAH permanent collections and touring exhibitions. …
Art Crowd patron group
Film Buffs
Film Buffs is the Museum’s membership group for movie lovers. Industry professionals such as director Charles Burnett, actors Stockard Channing and Peter Fonda, and Houstonians Wes Anderson, Jonathan Caouette, and Richard Linklater have all played a role in Film Buffs events. Receive at least 10 admissions to the Museum’s year-round film screenings in Brown Auditorium Theater (excluding some …
Amer Art and Wine
Friends of American Arts
Friends of American Arts is a patron group offering social and educational programming that gives insight into the diverse field of American art. With a particular focus on the rich time period from the 18th century through World War I, programs explore important art movements, as well as craftsmen working across media, from paintings, works on paper, sculpture, and furniture, to ceramics, glass, …
Patron Groups - Friends of Asian Art
Friends of Asian Art
Friends of Asian Art members play an active role in one of the most rapidly growing collections in the Museum. With the Arts of Korea Gallery, the Glassell Collection of Indonesian Gold, the Nidhika and Pershant Mehta Arts of India Gallery, the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Arts of China Gallery, and the Arts of Japan Gallery, the Museum offers something for every connoisseur of Asian art. Patrons …
Patron Groups - Latin Maecenas
Latin Maecenas
Learn more about the exciting field of Latin American art through informal lectures, seminars, and visits to some of the most prominent private collections in Houston and abroad. Members have the opportunity to interact with important contemporary Latin American and Latino artists; travel internationally with curators; and learn how to recognize valuable opportunities in this rapidly expanding …
Museum Collectors patron group
Museum Collectors
Founded in 1979, Museum Collectors was the first patron group to be established at the MFAH. Members support acquisitions for all curatorial departments and enjoy private tours of important art venues, as well as curator lectures, exhibition tours, and events focused on best practices in collecting. Among the group's most popular events is the spring meeting, where members vote on artworks to …
Photo Forum / Malcolm Daniel
Photo Forum
Founded in 1988, Photo Forum supports the photography department and has made possible the acquisition of more than 400 Modern and contemporary photographs. Patrons gain access to the Museum’s curators and renowned collection through behind-the-scenes seminars, special tours and exhibition receptions, artist lectures, and visits to prominent private collections. Members at all levels are also …
Rienzi Society for Patron Groups page
Rienzi Society
The Rienzi Society benefits the MFAH’s collections of European decorative arts displayed in the former home of Carroll Sterling and Harris Masterson III. Members of the Rienzi Society receive special invitations to lectures and are invited each year to participate in selecting pieces for the collection to be purchased with funds raised at the Rienzi Society Dinner. The evening allows members to …
The Guild
The Guild
Join the MFAH Guild, the leadership group of the Museum's volunteers. Members of this patron group help encourage, foster, and support the important role carried out by the Museum's volunteers, whose efforts are critical to the success of the MFAH. Members enjoy exclusive participation in special lectures, social events, art-based trips, and leadership opportunities. As a Guild member, you will …