Join & Support

Friends of the Hood Museum of Art

The encouragement, contributions, and participation of our supporters help this institution enrich lives through art. Our admission has always been free, and we are pleased to announce that membership is now free too, thanks to the Friends of the Hood Museum of Art program!

Why offer free membership? We believe it is the right thing to do for our members. As a cultural institution that serves Dartmouth, the Upper Valley, and the greater alumni and museum community around the world, the Hood wants to be open and accessible to all. Having free membership makes belonging possible for everyone.

It's free and easy to become a Friend today!

All current members are automatically Friends of the Hood Museum of Art. Rather than paying membership dues upfront, we are asking that our Friends consider an annual contribution to the Friends of the Hood. These donations are 100% tax deductible and directly support Hood exhibitions, programs, and services. We will reach out to you late each year for your support, but you can give at any time.

Lathrop Fellows

In addition, the Lathrop Fellows program remains unchanged. Lathrop Fellows are essential supporters of our mission, exhibitions, and programs and allow us to continue the important work of the museum, especially now, as we seek to renew that mission with the expansion and renovation of the Hood Museum of Art. We’d like to make it even simpler to become a Lathrop Fellow by eliminating the complicated benefit tier system. From now on, any donor of $2,500 or more will receive all of the following benefits:

  • A subscription to the Hood Quarterly magazine
  • Recognition as a Lathrop Fellows–level supporter in the Hood Quarterly once per year
  • Advance notice of breaking news and upcoming lectures, gallery talks, and programs via email
  • An invitation to participate in exclusive art-focused travel opportunities with the Hood’s director and curators
  • Invitations to Lathrop Fellows–only events at the Hood Museum of Art
  • A customized tour of a Hood exhibition with a curator for up to six people, by appointment

To further streamline the process of becoming a Lathrop Fellow, all memberships will be valid for the year between November 1 and October 31, regardless of actual renewal date. Standardizing the renewal calendar will allow us to focus our efforts on expanding Lathrop Fellows benefits and activities. Lathrop Fellows who have already renewed in 2017 will be considered active Lathrop Fellows through October 31, 2018.

Join now!

If your Lathrop Fellows membership has lapsed, we invite you to renew now!

If you have any questions, or if you are unsure about your Lathrop Fellows status, please feel free to contact the Hood’s Lathrop Fellows liaison, Deborah Tober, Assistant to the Director, at 603-646-2348 or by email at [email protected].

Upcoming Programs and Events

Lathrop Fellows 2018 Trip – Exploring a New LA!

September 26-29, 2018
Join us for an exciting Lathrop Fellows exclusive trip through some of the most vibrant recent additions to the visual arts scene of Los Angeles, California. 

John Stomberg and Kathy Hart will guide us through top arts establishments in California, including the Broad, the Getty, and the Museum of Contemporary Art LA. Over the three and a half days, we will visit six art museums and three private collections and get an exclusive artist's studio tour. With behind-the-scenes access to elite collections and the opportunity to meet dynamic directors, curators, and private collectors, this trip is sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The trip fee is $2,500 per person. For more itinerary details and registration information, please contact the Hood’s Lathrop Fellows liaison, Deborah Tober, Assistant to the Director, at 603-646-2348 or by email at [email protected].

This trip is limited to 20 participants. Register soon and secure your spot today!

Support the Expansion

The Hood Museum of Art is undergoing a major expansion and renovation of our galleries and teaching facilities. Designed by the award-winning Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, the project will reimagine and transform the museum.

Your Investment, Your Impact

By supporting the expansion and renovation of the Hood Museum of Art, you will help the museum provide all Dartmouth faculty and students with unprecedented opportunities to incorporate original works of art into their teaching and learning. You will enhance Dartmouth's commitment to fostering a strong community through the creation of inviting open spaces for student performances, receptions, and other museum functions. And you will create gallery space to display more of the Hood's world-class collections.

Most important, your support of this vital initiative will help the museum fulfill its mission to create a learning environment that fosters transformative educational encounters with art for every member of the Dartmouth community--and puts learning through engagement with art front and center as never before.

Learn more about this extraordinary opportunity by contacting Jennifer Casey at 603-646-2292 or emailing [email protected].

Make a Gift

Gifts to the Hood Museum of Art facilitate all aspects of our teaching mission. The Hood Museum of Art plays a vital role in the cultural life of Dartmouth's campus and its regional audiences in New Hampshire and Vermont. From annual support for our ongoing operating costs, to named endowments for staff positions and programs, to funding for new acquisitions and exhibitions, to underwriting capital projects like our renovation and expansion, every gift makes a difference.

Make a gift today through our secure site! You can also become a Friend of the Hood online. For more information, please call the museum at (603) 646-2808 or contact us via email. The Hood Museum of Art is able to accept matching gifts.

Current-Use Gifts

By giving current-use funds, you sustain our core mission of providing transformative encounters with original works of art. Through current-use and membership gifts, we raise the funds necessary for maintaining our collections, our facilities, and our educational programming.

Current-use funds allow the Hood Museum of Art the flexibility to support unique program proposals and take advantage of opportunities as they are presented. These funds may be applied to:

  • maintain professional memberships,
  • sustain curatorial research,
  • prolong the cycle of student-oriented programs, and
  • hire/maintain temporary staff for short-term projects.

Current-use funds are allocated and distributed at the discretion of the museum’s director.

Make a gift through our secure site today! For more information about current-use gift opportunities at the Hood, please call the museum at 603-646-2808 or contact us via email.

The Hood Museum of Art is able to accept matching gifts. Please contact us for details.

Endowment Gifts

Endowments honor the interests and values of museum supporters with a lasting legacy. Through named endowment gifts, donors ensure that specific museum staff positions, programs, or collections areas will be supported in perpetuity.

Personnel and programmatic endowment opportunities available at the Hood today are detailed below. For more information, please call the museum at 603-646-2808 or contact us via email.

The Hood Museum of Art is able to accept matching gifts. Please contact us for details.

For information on underwriting named spaces in our expanded galleries and teaching facilities, please see our expansion page.

Museum Personnel Endowments

Curatorships

A museum’s curatorial posts today represent naming opportunities for patrons who have deep interest in a particular culture area. At the Hood, the following curatorial posts are available for naming:

  • curator of European art
  • curator of African art
  • curator of Native American art

Curatorial Fellowship

This new, two- to three-year rotating position would help alleviate the administrative burden under which the Hood’s professional staff currently operates, as well as provide training for a promising young professional in the museum field. The post would also enable the Hood curators to take brief (three- to six-month) research sabbaticals to pursue new projects without penalizing the rest of the museum staff or neglecting their collection areas. This practice would bring the museum into parity with peers at Harvard, RISD, and other campus-based museums of the first tier. Preference could be given to applicants with Dartmouth degrees, and the fellowship also represents an appealing naming opportunity for this reason.

Program Endowments

Exhibitions / Public Projects Fund
The Hood is heavily reliant upon outside funding for all of its major exhibition programs, including the substantial costs associated with mounting the traveling exhibitions that have distinguished the museum’s practice for the past twenty years. This new funding would be used to alleviate the recurring fundraising burden that is required of the director in order to mount exhibitions and other public projects of regional, national, or international significance. Temporary positions, such as designers, editors, and educators, might also be paid out of these resources. Funds would be grouped in named, purpose-specific endowments, and patrons recognized whenever income is utilized from these funds.

Information Technology
While Dartmouth College pays for software and maintenance of computerized programs, the pressures of extensive additional information technology development would be relieved by an endowment set up for this area. Such funding would guarantee that Dartmouth’s museum remains on the cutting edge of collections management through the professionalization of the Hood Museum of Art’s electronic database management and other computerized resources. New initiatives, such as the AAM’s suggested registry of Nazi-era provenance research, exploitation of the College’s wireless capacity, and further website development can only be met through the strengthening of funding to support this area.

Publications
The Hood’s publications have won awards, especially the museum’s Quarterly and the exhibition catalogues. Other publications are, however, out-of-date, including collection brochures, introductory books about specific collections, and the Treasures of the Hood. Complete catalogues on specific collections are also required. Naming opportunities exist for the entire suite of Hood publications or for individual publications, such as the Hood Quarterly.

Acquisitions
The museum seeks to acquire objects of greater art historical and aesthetic significance and has recently devised a strategic plan for acquisitions to help accomplish this goal. Current endowment income is insufficient to make individual purchases of a world-class caliber on a regular basis, so we are seeking additional resources. Additionally, conservation of works of art already in the permanent collection is a high priority for the curatorial staff. Purpose-specific endowments are sought for general acquisitions but also for areas of specific interest to patrons and professional staff. Certain areas, in particular African, Oceanic, Native American, and contemporary art, have not received adequate acquisition funds to date.

Conservation
The museum is seeking specific funds for the conservation of artwork in areas of interest to patrons and professional staff. The Hood’s extensive collections include many objects accessioned over a long history. The interested patron can embark on a journey of discovery and revelation in bringing objects to presentable display condition.

Student Support

The Hood has achieved its target of funding for three nine-month positions, offering wonderful educational and development experiences for Dartmouth senior students. The museum is currently seeking support to create the position of student programming coordinator, open to application for graduating Dartmouth seniors for a two-year post-graduation term. This position would enable co-curricular museum learning opportunities for Dartmouth students and would serve as a liaison between the museum, campus programming partners, and the student body.

Director’s Endowed Discretionary Fund

The director requires flexible funding in order to accomplish a variety of short-term educational projects. The most important of these projects relate to the professional development of staff, the more complete integration of Dartmouth students, and a new initiative to encourage more faculty research at the museum. Purpose-specific endowments for museum internships, non-curricular programs, student life–driven initiatives, and special exhibition/research projects would guarantee that currently experimental measures become mainstays of Hood practice in the future.

Planned Giving

The Hood Museum of Art is a part of Dartmouth College. Gifts can be made to the museum through the Giving to Dartmouth site and by outright donation, transfer of securities or property, bequests or trusts, and matching gifts.

The Dartmouth College Gift Planning Office offers a variety of tools to help you explore all aspects of planned giving, which allows you to maximize the value of your contribution for the museum and the benefits to you.

Gifts of Art

Giving works of art to the Hood Museum ensures that they will be studied and enjoyed for generations to come.

The Hood Museum of Art welcomes gifts of art that fit within our acquisition strategy and advance the museum’s teaching mission. Curators evaluate each proposed gift or bequest to ensure that all acquisitions complement the museum’s collection. To discuss making a gift of a work of art, please contact Kathy Hart, senior curator of collections and Barbara C. and Harvey P. Hood 1918 Curator of Academic Programming, 603-646-2957.