The Contemporaries

Exclusively for Emerging Art Collectors

Contemporaries membership


The Contemporaries program provides a unique opportunity for younger members to infuse their lives with art and connect with the Phillips. Contemporaries are invited to participate in an engaging schedule of cultural and social events throughout the year, including the Art Acquisition Project, special exhibition openings, artist studio visits, social gatherings, and other activities, in addition to special offers from our partners.

All museum members enjoy these exclusive benefits:

  • Unlimited free admission to special exhibitions and the permanent collection
  • Admission to the popular Phillips after 5 events, no reservations required
  • Members-only preview days for special exhibitions
  • Discounts on events, lectures, and educational programming
  • Two one-day guest passes to share with friends
  • 10% discount in the museum shop and café

2019 Calendar of Events


Previous Contemporaries events have included an Artist Visit with David Ibata, a tour of the World Bank Exhibitions, a film screening of Rivers and Tides about artist Andy Goldsworthy, and behind-the-scenes tours of the Phillips and more. Check back often for an updated calendar of events.

JANUARY 3: Phillips after 5: Getting Hygge with It

FEBRUARY 4: Tour: Brian Daily: WORDS and America in Color exhibition at NOVA

FEBRUARY 7: Phillips after 5: Carnival around the World

FEBRUARY 14 & 15: Member Preview Days: Zilia Sánchez: Soy Isla (I Am an Island)

FEBRUARY 21: Conversations with Artists: John Edmonds with Makeba Clay

MARCH 7: Phillips after 5: Mujeres Radicales (Radical Women)

MARCH 14: Gallery Talk: Maggie Michael and Klaus Ottmann

MARCH 28: Conversation with Artists: Chemi Rosado-Seijo with Vesela Sretenović

APRIL 4: Phillips after 5: Soy Isla (I Am an Island)

MAY 2: Phillips after 5: Luna Nueva

MAY 10: The Contemporaries Bash: Maravillas de México (Wonders of Mexico)

JUNE 6: Phillips after 5: Jazzin' at the Phillips

JUNE 7: Studio Visit: Micheline Klagsbrun

JUNE 20 & 21: Member Preview Days: The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacement

JULY 17: Contemporaries Summer Social at The Fairfax Hotel

AUGUST 1: Phillips after 5: Night Market

SEPTEMBER 5: Phillips after 5: My Migrant Soul

SEPTEMBER 16: Tour: Cosmos Club Washington Art School exhibition 

October 1: Tour: STABLE Art Space and Studios 

OCTOBER 3: Phillips after 5: Go-go DC

OCTOBER 24 & 25: Member Preview Days: Bonnard to Vuillard: The Intimate Poetry of Everyday Life-The Nabi Collection of Vicki and Roger Sant

OCTOBER 24: Ceremonial Hang of the Contemporaries Art Acquisition

NOVEMBER 1: Artist Talk: Joel Vincii at the Arts Club of Washington

NOVEMBER 7: Phillips after 5: A Night on the Seine

DECEMBER 5: Phillips after 5: Paint by Numbers

DECEMBER 8: Studio Visit: Julie Wolfe

DUAL/FAMILY / Contemporaries
$175 ($100 TAX DEDUCTIBLE)


  • All Contemporaries member benefits for two adults
  • Invitations to select special exhibition evening previews (Friend Level Benefit)
  • Invitations to Contemporaries-exclusive events over the year, including: special tours of the museum and exhibitions, private receptions and networking opportunities, excursions with artists, staff, and other experts, and more. 

Join / Renew

friend / Contemporaries
$325 ($200 TAX DEDUCTIBLE)


All Contemporaries member benefits at the Dual/Family level, plus:

Join / Renew

contributing friend / Contemporaries
$675 ($550 TAX DEDUCTIBLE)


All member benefits at the Friend/Contemporaries level, plus:

  • Recognition in the annual report
  • Two additional one-day member passes (four total) to share with friends, can be used for Phillips after 5
  • Opportunity to be considered for the Contemporaries Steering Committee

Join / Renew

supporting friend / Contemporaries
$1,075 ($950 TAX DEDUCTIBLE)


All member benefits at the Contributing Friend/Contemporaries level, plus:

  • Admission to the museum and select events (such as Phillips after 5) for up to 4 adults
  • 15% discount in the museum shop and 10% discount at the café
  • One complimentary gift membership to share with a friend ($60 individual or $100 dual/family)
  • Invitations to exclusive tours and receptions with museum curators, staff and other scholars and experts

Join / Renew

The tax-deductible portion of your donation is your membership fee minus the good faith estimate of the value of benefits you receive, unless you waive such benefits. All benefits are subject to change.

Contemporaries Steering Committee


The Contemporaries program is supported by a Steering Committee of dedicated volunteer leaders, each passionate about art, The Phillips Collection, and helping the institution grow. The Steering Committee members are ambassadors for the museum and help execute key programs and initiatives for the membership group.

2019 steering committee Co-chairs
Laura D. Galaida
Todd Galaida
Camilla Peterson
Lindsey Vaala

2019 Steering Committee
Joana Allamani
Juliana Biondo
Pierre Cartier 
Carley Chavara
Owen Duncan
Alexandria Fleming
Steve Glatter
Eleanor Krahenbuhl
Cody Blaise Light
Bella McCann
Sarah Mills
Dana Morgan
Shakira Pollard
Alli Roe
Christopher Wang
Eliza Notides Young
Michael Zingali

Check out The Contemporaries Facebook page to learn about past programs and upcoming opportunities.

For more information on becoming a member, the Contemporaries, or the Contemporaries Steering Committee contact:

Membership Department
membership@phillipscollection.org
202.387.3036