May 23, 2018 Please note: The Art Museum will close at 2:30 p.m. today in preperation for our annual Collectors Dinner.
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The Frick Societies

Be a part of an exclusive group that influences the future of the Frick, and help to maintain it as a cultural institution of the highest caliber for future generations!

Combined annual giving of $1,000 or more will entitle you to become a member of this leadership group as well as provide vital ongoing philanthropic support for exhibitions, programming and the care and growth of the Frick’s diverse collections. 
See below for a full list of the benefits associated with supporting the museum as a member of this exclusive group.  For more information, contact Sarah Spiegel, development manager, at 412-342-4098 or


Frick Societies members enjoy all the benefits of membership, plus much more!

  • Free admission for four guests every time you visit Clayton and touring exhibitions

  • NEW! The Frick After Hours! Expanded Thursday night hours (5:00-7:00 p.m.) during Van Gogh, Monet, Degas: The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (March 17 – July 8, 2018).  Enjoy private viewing of this extraordinary exhibition, with curator-led Gallery Talks at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.

  • NEW! Free admission to Exhibition Spotlight programs, including featured lectures or special programs with each touring exhibition

  • Free admission to more than 800 museums in North America including The Frick Collection, New York

  • Exclusive invitation to the Frick’s Holiday Party and more.


The Frick Societies

1882 is the year Henry Clay Frick purchased the Italianate-style home we know today as Clayton, the cornerstone of the Frick’s collections. Members of the 1882 Society are, likewise, cornerstones of the vital philanthropic support necessary to advance the museum’s mission. In appreciation, the Frick offers members of the 1882 Society opportunities to gain special access to the museum, including behind-the-scenes experiences, Director’s talks, receptions with visiting experts and other exclusive programs.  Additional benefits include: 

  • NEW! See touring exhibitions before anyone else in Pittsburgh!  Frick Societies members receive invitations to a special opening preview reception before each touring exhibition opens to the public!
  • Invitations to Frick Societies programs—private, behind-the-scenes opportunities to experience the museum with like-minded individuals
  • NEW! Invitations to Director’s Travel Program
  • NEW! Donor listing at The Frick Art Museum 
  • 15% discount in the Museum Store
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The Rubens Society is named after the renowned seventeenth-century Flemish Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens, whose Portrait of Charlotte-Marguerite de Montmorency, Princess of Condé (ca.1610) is one of the most admired works in the Frick’s collection. Benefits at this level include all the benefits of the 1882 Society, plus: 

  • NEW! Director’s Concierge Service – a dedicated phone line to make reservations, inquiries or other museum bookings
  • NEW! Director’s Reception – an exclusive and private opportunity to experience museum collections with Executive Director Robin Nicholson  
  • NEW! Free admission to all programs (some material fees and exceptions apply)
  • Complimentary exhibition catalog
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Named for the enduring history of the Frick family’s Gilded Age home, the Clayton Society is composed of individuals committed to the sustainability and future of The Frick Pittsburgh.  Recognized by Architectural Digest as “a triumph of restoration,” Clayton is a stunning late-nineteenth-century mansion, and the only surviving example of a home on Pittsburgh’s lost “Millionaire’s Row.” Benefits at this level include all the benefits of the Rubens Society, plus:

  • NEW! Reserved Parking (Please call Director’s Concierge Service one day in advance to guarantee available space)
  • NEW! Complimentary invitations for two members to the annual Collectors Dinner
  • Unlimited site and exhibition tours with Curator or Executive Director. Contact the Director’s Concierge Service to make arrangements for a personalized tour for up to eight people! 
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The Helen Clay Frick Society honors the legacy of the Frick’s founder and benefactress. Members enjoy the distinction of being part of an exclusive group to support the Frick’s mission of continuing her legacy. Benefits at this level include all the benefits of the Clayton Society, plus:

  • NEW! Ability to gift an education program to an organization of your choice (transportation not provided, can be a school, community group, senior citizen organization, etc.)
  • NEW! Complimentary Invitations for two members and two guests to the annual Collectors Dinner
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The Frick Societies were created to recognize your exceptional support of this mission and we strive to offer you, as cherished supporters, the best of the “best;” exclusive behind-the-scenes tours, invitations to meet acclaimed curators, scholars, and museum directors, special entertainment and engagement opportunities.  If you are already a member of The Frick Societies, register by clicking on each program and logging into your member account or by contacting Kathi Connelly by email or at 412-342-4069. 

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Members of The Frick Societies are invited to join Executive Director Robin Nicholson and travel in small groups to some of the world’s most interesting cultural destinations.  These remarkable trips offer one-on-one connections with experts and include unique opportunities to view private collections, visit artists’ studios, and go behind the scenes in major museums.  

Upcoming trips: 

Cincinnati - May 10-12 
The Terracotta Warriors and Tiffany

Join Executive Director Robin Nicholson in Cincinnati to view the Terracotta Warriors exhibition at the Cincinnati Museum of Art, the Tiffany exhibition at the Taft Museum of Art, and other treasures of Cincinnati.  Guests can stay at the 21c Museum Hotel located in the heart of the city.  The space is and adjacent to the Contemporary Art Center and across the street from the Aronoff Center for the Arts.  This unique spot is a multi-venue contemporary art museum and an award-winning 156-room boutique hotel and spa offering fine dining on the site of the historic Metropole Hotel. 

The first full day begins at The Taft Museum of Art where you will be greeted by Deborah Emont Scott, Louise Taft Semple President/CEO.  Like the Frick, the Taft is a historic house museum and a part of the Gilded Age museum group.  Its early residents, Charles Phelps Taft and his wife, Anna were also avid art collectors and count the works of Rembrandt, Hals, Goya, Gainsborough, Whistler, and Sargent in their collection as well as stunning Chinese porcelains, European decorative arts and what is considered by many to be the greatest Gothic ivory sculpture in America.  The current exhibition, Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection offers the opportunity to experience the beauty of Tiffany’s lush decorative creations crafted in opulently colored stained glass, intricately patterned surfaces, and inventive metallic frameworks. This exhibition presents more than 60 stunning examples of Tiffany’s decorative genius, including vases, lamps, windows, furniture, and ornamental objects.

After lunch, venture to the Cincinnati Museum of Art to be greeted by the director, Cameron Kitchin.  The exhibition Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China is a collaboration between the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.   Robin worked on this project for many years at VMFA and in Shaanxi Province in China. This impressive exhibition features approximately 120 individual objects, which include terracotta figures of warriors, arms and armor, ritual bronze vessels, works in gold and silver, jade ornaments, precious jewelry, and ceramics, all drawn from the collections of art museums and archaeological institutes in Shaanxi province, China. Dating from the Pre-Qin period (770–221 BC) to the Qin dynasty (221–206 BC), these works of art, excavated from the emperor’s mausoleum, as well as aristocratic and nomadic tombs, will represent history, myths, and burials in ancient China.  

Continue the exploration of Cincinnati with a glimpse into the by-gone Art Deco Era by enjoying dinner at the Hilton Netherlander.  Open since 1931, the Hilton Cincinnati Netherlander Plaza Hotel is one of the world’s finest examples of French Art Deco design and a charter member of the historic hotels of America. The Palm Courts is top-rated and the entire space glistens with marble tile, ceiling murals and rosewood paneling.

New York City - October 25-27
The Art of Printmaking

The theme of this two-day trip will be the print, one of the greatest and most affordable mediums for the collector.  During the trip to New York City, visit museums, including the Frick Collection, and dealers to get behind the scenes insights into historic and contemporary prints.  The trip will include a visit to the premiere print fair in the world – the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA).  Established in 1991, the IFPDA Print Fair is the largest and most celebrated art fair dedicated to the artistic medium of printmaking. Each year’s Fair presents an unrivaled opportunity to view and acquire outstanding works across the diverse range of periods and specialties represented by the IFPDA’s exhibiting members.  While the Fair is known among museum curators and major collectors for its rare and exceptional prints, excellent works can be found in all price ranges, including exciting new projects from today’s leading and emerging artists.  The fair is newly located this year to the Javits Center in the trendy Hudson Yards District development.

Scotland - May 2019
Director’s Choice

This will truly be a “Director’s Favorites” trip, traveling to many locations near to Robin’s heart: the National Gallery of Scotland (where Robin interned in the prints and drawings department), the Royal Museum of Scotland, and two fabulous sculpture gardens: Jupiter, Artland and Little Sparta.  Details are still unfolding in this ultimate insider’s trip to Scotland.  

Please contact Kathi Connelly for more information and to register for a trip at 412-342-4035 or    

Past trips:
Brussels and Amsterdam, Thursday, March 8 – Saturday, March 10, 2018
Palm Beach, Sarasota, and Naples, FL, January 26-28, 2017
London – October 5–8, 2016