Studio Society

Studio Society is comprised of an extraordinary group of individuals who are dedicated to supporting black art and culture. Studio Society members play a central role in championing the Studio Museum’s programming, from its groundbreaking exhibitions and permanent collection of nearly 2,000 objects to its renowned Artist-in-Residence program.  


Through events and talks that correspond directly to Museum programming, Studio Society members engage with and support former and current Studio Museum artists in residence, as well as other leading artists of African descent. Artist-in-Residence program alumni include Sanford Biggers, Leonardo Drew, David Hammons, Leslie Hewitt, Kerry James Marshall, Julie Mehretu, Wangechi Mutu, Alison Saar, Mickalene Thomas, Nari Ward and Kehinde Wiley.


Recent events include:


  • A private preview of artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s latest work at Jack Shainman Gallery with Ms. Yiadom-Boakye and Thelma Golden, Studio Museum Director and Chief Curator.


  • A private tour of the JPMorgan Chase Art Collection, led by Lisa K. Erf, Director and Chief Curator of the JPMorgan Chase Art Program, with Studio Museum Associate Curator Lauren Haynes.




  • A private breakfast and talk with artist McArthur Binion and Associate Curator Lauren Haynes at Galerie Lelong in Chelsea.


  • A private breakfast and studio visit with our 2015-16 artists in residence, Jordan Casteel, E.J. Hill and Jibade-Khalil Huffman, led by Assistant Curator Amanda Hunt. 


Participation in Studio Society begins with an annual gift of $1,500 ($1,400 tax-deductible). For additional information, please contact the Development Department at 212.864.4500 x221.