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Charter Collectors

Charter Collectors are instrumental in acquiring major European and American paintings, sculptures, and works-on-paper for The Speed Art Museum’s collection. Members enjoy and learn about art while helping create a lasting artistic and educational legacy for the entire community.

  Charter Collectors in the gardens of Villa I Tatti, Florence, Italy. Left to right: Jane Welch, Carol Harper, Spencer Harper, Jr., Susie Schaaf, Dr. Louis Waldman of I Tatti, Marianne Rash Rowe, Louise Hickox, Spencer Harper III, Margaret Kulp, Jim Voyles, Connie Goodman, Libby Voyles, Bob Kulp, and Ruth Cloudman.
Since its founding in 1966, Charter Collectors has become a national model for encouraging community participation in building a museum collection. We invite you to join us and support the group’s vital role in advancing the Speed’s mission of “bringing great art and people together.”

Charter Collectors’ acquisitions span the centuries from antiquity to 1945. Members participate actively in the process by joining Museum Curators in visiting art galleries in America and abroad
and by voting on acquisitions at the annual dinner. This exceptional access to some of the world’s best dealers and to curatorial expertise has introduced many Charter Collectors to the joys of personal collecting.

  Members of the Charter Collectors enjoy
  the following benefits:
Participation in acquiring major works of art for the
  Speed Art Museum’s collection.
Participation in unique trips planned for the Charter Collectors
  to visit art dealers, museums, historic homes, and private
  collections in America and abroad.
Invitations to special exhibition previews for
  the Charter Collectors.
Invitation to attend and vote at the annual black-tie
  Charter Collectors Dinner in November.


Decorative Arts Collectors

Whether you are a seasoned collector or simply have an interest in the history of design, membership in the Decorative Arts Collectors offers a unique opportunity: the chance to become an informed connoisseur of furniture, metalwork, ceramics, glass, and textiles while also making a lasting contribution to the Speed’s outstanding decorative arts collection.

  William Sargent, expert on Asian export art, speaking with Decorative Art Collectors
The Decorative Arts Collectors’ activities and acquisitions span a wide range of time periods and materials. The group explores everything from French porcelains to Kentucky quilts to the designs of Frank Lloyd Wright and everything in between. While the focus is on North America and Europe, the group also makes occasional forays into the arts of Asia and other regions. This balanced approach ensures an exciting, diverse program of events designed to appeal to a wide range of interests. Regardless of the subject, every event will sharpen the eye and provide unique insights into the history of the decorative arts.

 

  Through membership, Decorative Arts Collectors
  enjoy the following benefits:
Exclusive voting rights on the acquisition of fine decorative
  arts for the Speed’s permanent collection.
Access to distinctive national and international trips that
  combine visits to museums, architectural sites, galleries,
  private collections, and artists’ studios.
Invitations to special presentations by curators,
  conservators, and other experts.
Invitation to the annual members’ reception.


New Art Collectors

New Art Collectors offers members a unique opportunity to encounter and learn about the dynamics of provocative contemporary art in an informative and welcoming environment. As well as supporting the acquisition of art works for
  (L–R) Curator of Contemporary Art Suzanne Weaver, filmmaker Megumi Sasaki, and artist Pat Steir
the Speed’s collection, New Art Collectors also opens doors to top-notch private collections, artists’ studios, and the expertise of art professionals. Programs include trips, both in America and abroad, and educational events. Whether you are already a passionate collector or simply have an interest in contemporary art, New Art Collectors offers a chance to engage with and enjoy art that is being created in our lifetime.

  Members of the New Art Collectors enjoy
  the following benefits:
Exclusive participation in acquiring new works of art
  for the Speed’s permanent collection.
Access to distinctive national and international trips that
  combine visits to museums, galleries, private collections,
  and artists’ studios.
Invitations to lectures and special presentations given by the
  Curator of Contemporary Art and special guest speakers.
Invitation to the annual members’ dinner.

 

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