Director's Circle Membership

A group of people are standing around and seated on a colorful bench in a gallery as artist Christine Sun Kim talks near her work.

Members gather to hear from Christine Sun Kim in advance of her opening reception in February 2020 at the MIT List Visual Arts Center. Photo by Mel Taing.

The List Center relies on the generosity of MIT, individuals, foundations, and corporations to provide the support that enables us to maintain the standard of excellence mandated by our mission.

In addition to furthering the List’s mission, members of the Director's Circle enjoy the benefits of belonging to the List Center community. Membership offers a deeper, expanded experience for those with an interest in contemporary art. As a member, you will gain exclusive access to the museum, exhibitions, and collections; meet compelling artists, curators, and fellow collectors; and enjoy a broad array of stimulating talks, trips, and events.

Join today to support the List Center's work and enrich your contemporary art experience.

For more information, contact: 

supportlist [at] (supportlist[at]mit[dot]edu)

MIT Friends of Boston Art - $500

  • Invitation to exhibition opening receptions
  • Invitation to Behind-the-Scenes with the curator for each exhibition
  • Invitation to the opening reception and viewing of the Student Loan Art Collection
  • Invitation to join the List Center on an annual regional trip
  • Annual studio visits to meet artists in the Boston area
  • Opportunity to invite friends on a tour of public art on campus, accompanied by a reception
  • Public recognition on the List Center website

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Leader - $1,500

  • All the benefits listed above
  • Invitation to VIP reception and walkthrough with the artist before major exhibition openings
  • Invitation to the List Center’s annual trip within the United States
  • Complimentary copies of all exhibition catalogues
  • Public recognition on the List Center Donor Wall in the gallery

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Presenter - $5,000

  • All the benefits listed above
  • Invitation to post-opening reception dinners for major exhibitions, with the featured artists
  • Signed copies of all exhibition catalogues produced by the List Center
  • Invitation to join the List Center on an international trip
  • Opportunity to schedule VIP Behind-the-Scenes tours of List Center exhibitions and collections for friends and family

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Chairperson’s Visionary Council - $10,000

  • All the benefits listed above
  • Invitation to the List Center Think Tank, an exclusive group hosted by Director Paul C. Ha and the Advisory Committee Chair that explores current trends in contemporary art

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Exhibition Sponsor - $25,000

  • All the benefits listed above
  • Opportunity to be recognized as an exhibition sponsor for the three major exhibitions mounted by the List Center annually

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Director's Circle Events

Behind the Scenes

Director’s Circle members are invited to Behind-the-Scenes visits for each exhibition. Curators will provide insights into the art on view, followed by a reception. Members are always able to bring guests to these events.

Six people stand scattered around a sculpture on the floor. The sculpture consists of a row of large rocks and geometric figures situated between mirrors.

Travel with the List

Traveling with the List Center is a key benefit of membership in the Director’s Circle. While travel has been on hold since 2020, we are excited to think about future travel for 2023 and beyond. We have previously taken groups to Pittsburgh, Marfa, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, as well as Greece, Venice, and Berlin, and Kassel, Münster, and Düsseldorf in Germany.

A photo of the San Francisco Bridge and bay at night.

Exhibition Openings

Openings at the List Center are free and open to all, but members are invited to arrive early for a tour led by the artists and curators. Donors at the Presenter level and above are invited for the post-opening dinners.

A group of people are standing around and seated on a colorful bench in a gallery as artist Christine Sun Kim talks near her work.

Studio Visits 

The List Center organizes visits with Boston-based artists during the year as a way to introduce our members to the vibrant arts community in and around greater Boston. Typically, we host two outings each year in the spring and fall.

A woman stands on a ladder and paints onto a figure onto a wall in black paint.