BMA Council

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The BMA Council is a distinguished group of Baltimore's most committed cultural and civic leaders. Some are renowned art collectors. Others are noted philanthropists and corporate leaders. All enjoy a special relationship with the BMA.

Through their generous annual gifts, BMA Council donors enable the Museum to achieve great things. Its world-famous collection, landmark building, and groundbreaking exhibitions shine even brighter because of Council support.

The benefits of being a Council donor are many and include private tours, exhibition receptions, intimate dinners — and the satisfaction of strengthening this great cultural treasure.

For more information, contact Sally Ruppert at 443-573-1806 or sruppert@artbma.org.


Levels and Benefits

Patron's Council $1,500-$2,999

All but $180 is tax-deductible.

Your Patron's Council benefits include:

  • Invitations to exclusive Council events, including opening receptions for major exhibitions
  • Private lunch-time tours with BMA curators
  • Evening receptions and tours with BMA curators
  • Free parking at the BMA East and West lots
  • VIP admission to ticketed exhibitions—8 tickets per day
  • Extra 5% discount at The BMA Shop—for a total discount of 15%
  • Special donor recognition at the Museum's entrance and in the online Annual Report
  • Reciprocal Member privileges at hundreds of North American museums with the Museum Alliance Reciprocal Program (MARP) and North American Reciprocal Museums (NARM) programs
  • Opportunity to travel in the Contributor Travel Program
  • Invitations twice yearly to the Director's Brunch & Talk
  • Opportunity to join a BMA Friends Group
  • 10% discount at Gertrude's restaurant at the BMA
  • Great discounts on BMA programs
  • Subscription to Members magazine BMA TODAY
Curator’s Council $3,000-$4,999

All but $260 is tax-deductible

Includes all benefits above, plus:

  • Invitation to annual Curator’s Council Reception at the home of a BMA Trustee
  • 10% discount on one private BMA rental+

+The value of your benefits will increase if you receive a discount on a private rental

Director’s Council $5,000-$9,999

All but $260 is tax-deductible

Includes all benefits above, plus:

*By request. Please call 443-573-1806 to schedule.
+The value of your benefits will increase if you receive a discount on a private rental

Chair's Council $10,000-$14,999

All but $485 is tax-deductible

Includes all benefits above, plus:

  • Invitation to annual Chair's Council Dinner with the Director and Board Chair
  • Art-filled travel with the Director and Board Chair on Chair's Council trips
  • Assistance in securing VIP admission to Art Fairs
  • Complimentary BMA exhibition catalogues
  • 20% discount on one private BMA rental+

+The value of your benefits will increase if you receive a discount on a private rental

Benefactor's Council $15,000-$24,999

All but $515 is tax-deductible

Includes all benefits above, plus:

  • Private lunch with the Director*
  • Concierge ticket assistance for exhibitions at museums throughout the world
  • Complimentary Museum Membership for a “new” friend of the BMA
  • 25% discount on one private BMA rental+

*By request. Please call 443-573-1806 to schedule.
+The value of your benefits will increase if you receive a discount on a private rental

Founder's Council $25,000-$49,999

All but $550 is tax-deductible

Includes all benefits above, plus:

  • A private consultation with a Museum curator in your Baltimore home*
  • Complimentary exhibition catalogues
  • 30% discount on one private BMA rental+

*By request. Please call 443-573-1806 to schedule.
+The value of your benefits will increase if you receive a discount on a private rental

Leadership Council $50,000 and above

All but $1,020 is tax-deductible

Includes all benefits above, plus:

  • Recognition as a sponsor of one focus exhibition or museum program
  • Private tour and dinner with the Director for up to 6 people*
  • 35% discount on one private BMA rental+

*By request. Please call 443-573-1806 to schedule.
+The value of your benefits will increase if you receive a discount on a private rental

Patron's Council

$1,500-$2,999

Your Patron's Council benefits include:

  • Invitations to exclusive Council events, including opening receptions for major exhibitions
  • Private lunch-time tours with BMA curators
  • Evening receptions and tours with BMA curators
  • Free parking at the BMA East and West lots
  • VIP admission to ticketed exhibitions—8 tickets per day
  • Extra 5% discount at The BMA Shop—for a total discount of 15%
  • Special donor recognition at the Museum's entrance and in the online Annual Report
  • Reciprocal Member privileges at hundreds of North American museums with the Museum Alliance Reciprocal Program (MARP) and North American Reciprocal Museums (NARM) programs.
  • Opportunity to travel in the Contributor Travel Program
  • Invitations twice yearly to the Director's Brunch & Talk
  • Opportunity to join a BMA Friends Group
  • 10% discount at Gertrude's restaurant at the BMA
  • Great discounts on BMA programs
  • Subscription to Members magazine BMA TODAY

Curator’s Council

$3,000-$4,999. Includes all benefits above, plus:

  • Invitation to annual Curator’s Council Reception at the home of a BMA Trustee
  • 10% discount on one private BMA rental

Director’s Council

$5,000-$9,999. Includes all benefits above, plus:

  • VIP tour of the Museum by special appointment
  • 15% discount on one private BMA rental

*By request. Please call 443-573-1806 to schedule.


Chair's Council

$10,000-$14,999. Includes all benefits above, plus:

  • Invitation to annual Chair's Council Dinner with the Director and Board Chair
  • Art-filled travel with the Director and Board Chair on Chairman's Council trips
  • Assistance in securing VIP admissions to Art Fairs
  • Complimentary BMA exhibition catalogues
  • 20% discount on one private BMA rental

Benefactor's Council

$15,000-$24,999. Includes all benefits above, plus:

  • Private lunch with the Director
  • Concierge ticket assistance for exhibitions at museums throughout the world
  • Complimentary Museum Membership for a “new” friend of the BMA
  • 25% discount on one private BMA rental

Founder's Council

$25,000-$49,999 Includes all benefits above, plus:

  • A private consultation with a Museum curator in your Baltimore home
  • Complimentary exhibition catalogues
  • 30% discount on one private BMA rental

Recent federal legislation suggests that a donor making a contribution from or through a private foundation or donor advised fund cannot receive BMA Council benefits as a consequence of the donation. Such a donor may obtain these benefits by providing an additional, separate check drawn on the donor’s personal funds to cover the actual cost of the Council benefits described above. Should you have any question, we encourage you to consult your tax advisors with respect to your specific situation.

A copy of the current financial statement of The Baltimore Museum of Art is available upon request. Documents and information filed under the Maryland Solicitations Act are available from the Maryland Secretary of State, State House, Annapolis MD 21401 for the cost of copying and postage.