The art world is a very social environment that includes a diverse
group of individuals who come together because they love art.
Relationships between artists, curators, collectors and writers are
built upon professional interests but often move into the social realm.
Art openings, collector groups and studio visits are important
networking opportunities for collectors to build relationships and
share information with gallerists, artists and other collectors.
In addition to general memberships, most museums have affiliate groups
that encourage members to be active participants at the museum and support
the museum's programs. These programs help members gain a deeper
appreciation of a specific area in the museum and foster relationships with
curators and other museum members with similar interests. Programs include
lectures; behind-the-scenes tours; invitations to museum openings; trips to public
and private collections; collecting seminars, presentations by artists, curators or
writers; and other educational and social functions. There are usually annual
dues associated with these special interest groups that range from $100-$5,000 and sometimes membership is by invitation only. Members of these
groups often help define the museum through contributions to curatorial
departments and programs.
Gallery openings are generally free and open to the public, offering
collectors a great opportunity to be amongst the first viewers of an art
exhibition. Here it is possible to meet featured artists, friends of the gallery,
and other art enthusiasts in a casual and social environment.
Studio visits are an important way to meet and talk with artists in their
own surroundings. Gallerists and art consultants can arrange studio
visits for interested collectors. Museums, non-profits, and other community
art organizations also arrange open studio tours for groups of people in order
to visit several studios during one tour.