Director's Circle

Because exceptional exhibitions and publications- those with wide appeal and significant impact- require time, expertise, and the special energy of committed supporters, The Director’s Circle was formed in 2008 as of a group of individuals who have passion for and are devoted to the visual arts and the Cornell Fine Arts Museum. Its members share the Director’s vision of establishing CFAM as a major cultural catalyst and receive access and invitations to enjoy special conversations with the Director and Curators, behind-the-scenes tours and previews, and exclusive ‘insider’ cocktail receptions and dinners.

The Director’s Circle provides crucial exhibition support and helps the Cornell to maintain the high standards recognized by its accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums.  With a long tradition of providing dynamic and thought-provoking exhibitions for its audience, the Cornell has become known for critically acclaimed exhibitions of “art that makes you think.”  Thoughtfully curated exhibitions bring the wide world of art to the CFAM galleries and form the basis for enriching public lectures, tours, family activities, exhibition publications, and community outreach that are key to the Museum’s educational mission.

Some examples of exciting, beautiful, and challenging exhibitions supported by The Director’s Circle :

  • Nevelson by Night
  • Sordid and Sacred: The Beggars in Rembrandt's Etchings
  • Josef Albers: Color Genius
  • André Kertész: On Reading
  • Andy Warhol: Personalities
  • Man and the Machine
  • Robert Motherwell and Jasper Johns: Poetic Works as Metaphor
  • Mysterious Content of Softness

Director’s Circle Membership is a ten thousand dollar commitment spread out over a three year period.

We invite you to contact the Cornell Fine Arts Museum's Director of Development for more information about the Director's Circle.


The Director's Circle

The Director's Circle
Director's Circle


For more information

Dana Thomas
Director of Develpment