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Contemporary Art Circle

About the Circle

As part of the Circle, your support

  • Directly helps the Gallery become a more vital resource for the greater Tufts community, stimulating life-long learning in the visual arts.
  • Enhances the Gallery's exhibition program and the production of cutting-edge, thematic and solo exhibitions.
  • Enables the Gallery to: publish handsome, high-quality publications; to bring compelling speakers to Tufts; and to travel one of our exhibitions every three years.

Circle supporters and friends are invited to special events such as:

  • private, curator-led tours of special art exhibitions
  • visits to artists' studios
  • tours of private collections
  • dinners with exhibiting artists after opening receptions at Tufts

Specific ideas for Circle events are welcomed and may be sent to the Director of Galleries and Collections.

In addition, Circle supporters enjoy:

  • A high level of personal engagement and professional access
  • A subscription to our biannual newsletter, Around the Circle, published in January and August, containing articles related to upcoming Gallery exhibitions and invited artists, the art world, and profiles of Tufts alumni in the visual arts.
  • Passes to contemporary art fairs such as The Armory Show in New York City in March
  • Discounted prices on exhibition publications hosted by Tufts

Each year, two events in Boston and two events in New York City are held, one in each location in the fall and again in the winter/spring. Invitations to these events for you and a guest are sent electronically approximately 6 weeks in advance and a RSVP is kindly requested. Events are complimentary to Circle supporters and a nominal fee for non-supporters is requested to participate. Certain events might carry a fee for all who participate.

All new and renewing supporters are acknowledged in the newsletter.

Support of The Circle runs on a fiscal year basis (July 1 to June 30).

There are four levels of Circle support:

  • Futurist ($50) Ideal for recent alums; donation tax deductible in full; benefits include subscription to our biannual newsletter
  • Conceptualist ($250) Tax deductible contribution $190; benefits include: subscription to our biannual newsletter; invitations for you and a guest to special events in Boston, New York City, and other cities such as Los Angeles or Miami; discounted prices on exhibitions publications hosted by Tufts; passes to contemporary art fairs such as The Armory Show in New York City in March.
  • Realist ($500) Tax deductible contribution $380; in addition to the above, benefits include complimentary copies of all Tufts-produced exhibition catalogues.
  • Expressionist ($1,000) Tax deductible contribution $750; in addition to the above, benefits include an invitation for you and a guest to attend our annual fall dinner with exhibiting artists in September after the opening reception.

Contact us if you prefer to waive your benefits and ask that your donation be fully tax deductible.