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Photography Council

The Photography Council is devoted to the Milwaukee Art Museum’s photography collection and exhibition program. Membership allows Museum Members with an interest in the art and history of photography (whether a collector, artist, student or enthusiast) to enrich their knowledge of the medium through an annual program of special events.

Membership Benefits

As a member of the Photography Council, you will be invited to attend lectures with such distinguished guests as Saul Leiter, John Szarkowski, and Danny Lyon. The Photography Council also hosts studio visits and tours of private collections, as well as seminars on collecting, conservation, and connoisseurship.

Patron Level Benefits

  • Lectures, panel discussions, and seminars on photography and related topics by prominent artists, critics, curators, historians, and other professionals in the field
  • Tours of local and regional artist studios and galleries
  • Members-only collection tours
  • Members-only receptions at select Museum events
  • Annual Event, where Members vote on a photograph to be acquired by the Museum with Photography Council funds

Benefactor Level Benefits

  • All Patron level benefits
  • Recognition in Membership Directory
  • Opportunity to reserve early for events
  • Priority seating at select events

Philanthropist Level Benefits

  • All Benefactor level benefits
  • Group or semi-private tour with the Curator of Photographs

Friend of the Herzfeld Center Level Benefits

  • All Philanthropist level benefits
  • Exclusive preview for every exhibition in the Herzfeld Center before the exhibition opens to the general members
  • Invitations to events with artists or guests in the Herzfeld Center who visit the Museum
  • Annual exclusive event such as a tour of the vault with the Curator
  • Written recognition in the Photography Council Brochure
  • Recognition at Photography Council Events and Lectures on title slide
  • 5 complimentary Parking Passes for the Museum Garage
  • Option to sponsor a permanent collection work in Herzfeld Center exhibitions
  • Friend of the Herzfeld Center Membership Dues: $1,000

Annual membership dues*







Friend of the Herzfeld Center


*Please note, your membership in the Milwaukee Art Museum must be current to be eligible for membership in the Photography Council.

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For additional information about the Photography Council, please contact the Membership Hotline at 414-224-3284 or or download the membership brochure.