Widening the Circle, Growing MAM’s Collection

The CCC was formed 10 years ago and in that time CCC membership dues have helped the museum purchase an impressive 11 artworks to MAM’s collection and host dozens of programs related to collecting. In order to garner new momentum, MAM is reshaping the CCC to broaden the membership, make the CCC more nimble and responsive to collecting opportunities, and adopt an ‘open guest policy’ at CCC events.

CCC membership is now open to the following MAM members and patrons:

  • MAM donors at the Leader Circle level—$1,000 and above.
  • Donors to MAM’s collection and legacy donors.
  • MAM members who opt in with a $100 per person annual contribution in addition to annual museum membership.

MAM’s goals with the CCC are twofold: first, to make acquisitions to MAM’s collection that support artists and strategically strengthen the collection, and, second, to offer three to four enriching events each year that take members to collectors’ homes, artists’ studios, and to exciting art destinations. CCC dues will be used for acquisitions, events, and to administer the group. Potential acquisitions will be presented to the group as the occasion arises, with the opportunity for members to contribute toward the purchases as a tax-deductible donation.

For more information about becoming a CCC member or to learn about exciting CCC opportunities on the horizon, please contact Development Director Cassie Strauss at (406) 728-0447 or email

Visit with Patrick Dougherty at Sculpture in the Wild // September 22, 4 PM

Travel to Lincoln to visit Blackfoot Pathways Sculpture in the Wild International Sculpture Park, dedicated to celebrating the rich environmental, industrial, and cultural heritage of the Blackfoot Valley. Internationally renowned artist Patrick Dougherty will be in residence creating a new artwork and will present a lecture on September 13 at 6 PM in the University Center Theater, 3rd floor.

Dougherty is known for monumental, immersive installations that use saplings and branches to create environmental artworks. He has received numerous awards, including the 2011 Factor Prize for Southern Art, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a Henry Moore Foundation Fellowship, the Japan-U.S. Creative Arts Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Princeton Architectural Press published a monograph, Stickwork, which CCC members can preview at Consider an optional overnight stay to participate in the Festival in the Wild the following day. RSVP by September 15.

Image: Patrick Dougherty, Take Five, 2014, Fernwood Botanical Garden, Niles, Mich. Photo: Bob Denny

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