Circle Members are foundational to SDAI’s success and the success of contemporary artists in our region. We hope you will consider joining our Circle Member Program at one of the levels below to deepen your engagement with our region’s most exciting contemporary art and artists!

Contemporaries Circle/$1,000+

Your gift provides general support for our core programs and helps to advance rising talent.

  • Name recognition on website, digital donor wall and in SDAI’s annual report (digital and print)

  • Complimentary tickets for two to the Contemporaries Ball

  • Invitations for Circle Member tours with the curator(s) or Deputy Director

  • Invitations for artist studio and collector tour(s)

  • Complimentary tickets to annual special events

  • Guest passes (two per SDAI exhibition)

  • Free general admission

  • Invitation to SDAI opening night preview receptions

  • Priority registration for special events or classes

  • Discounted program/class fees

  • Free access to select member events

  • Discounted artist/curator submission fees

  • 10% discount at the SDAI Art Shop

  • 10% discount at Panama 66, Blind Lady Ale House, and Tiger! Tiger! restaurants

Originators Circle/$2,500+

Your gift may be designated to support one or more of our programs, including artist residencies, youth/teen programs, community outreach to underserved communities, and professional development programs for artists.

  • All benefits of Contemporaries Circle, plus:

  • Name/Logo recognition as an underwriter of your program or program area of choice

  • Invitation to book a private tour with the Deputy Director

  • Two guest tickets to the Contemporaries Ball

  • Guest passes (four per SDAI exhibition)

Patrons Circle/$5,000+

Your gift may be designated to support the production and marketing of exhibitions and special projects.

  • All benefits of Originators Circle, plus:

  • Name/Logo recognition on one exhibition wall didactic

  • Name/Logo recognition in one gallery guide

  • Four guest tickets to the Contemporaries Ball

  • Guest passes (six per SDAI exhibition)

Benefactors Circle/$10,000+

Your gift may be designated to underwrite one exhibition in 2019.

  • All benefits of Patrons Circle, plus:

  • Name/Logo recognition on all exhibition wall didactics

  • Name/Logo recognition in all gallery guides

  • Title recognition for support of a strategic initiative

  • Opportunity to host artists and curators

  • Feature in the SDAI Annual Report

  • Inclusion in one E-News Spotlight Story

For more details and to learn about our philanthropic circles, planned giving, and opportunities to engage with SDAI leadership, please contact Executive Director Jacqueline A. Silverman at (619) 236-0011 or