Since 1937, Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art members and patrons have been part of a legacy of unprecedented community support. These generous contributions fuel the Institute’s cutting-edge contemporary exhibitions, professional studio art classes, innovative art outreach programs, lectures, workshops, teacher development programs, free community events, and more.

GHIA is an independent, nonprofit organization that is supported primarily through private gifts, corporate and foundation support, and special events. Memberships, donations, and sponsorships from individuals and businesses enable the Institute to maintain its high level of programming, free admission, and outreach to all members of the community.

As an institute that prides itself on being free to the public, we recognize that membership support is vital to continuing to provide the exciting exhibitions, educational activities, public programs, and social events for which the Gertrude Herbert is known.

Members of GHIA enjoy an array of benefits ranging from discounts on art classes to free unlimited access to our exhibitions, privileges to the Reference Library, a subscription to the quarterly catalogue, and much more!

However, membership is not just about the tangible benefits you receive but also is about joining a group of individuals who care for the arts in our community and desire a prosperous and thriving cultural society. In addition, you become an integral part of the Institute’s continuing efforts to preserve and maintain historic Ware’s Folly.




Individual/Artist $30                                                                  

Individual and artist members enjoy:

  • Free admission to exhibition receptions                                                 
  • Invitations to special events
  • Discount on class tuition
  • Subscription to quarterly newsletter
  • Privileges to GHIA reference library

*Artist members will receive the same benefits as an individual but this special designation will include invitations to participate in GHIA competitions and other artist events such as the Spring Artists' Market. Artist members will also enjoy a special listing on our website with a public link to their information and/or website.

Family $50

Enjoy all the benefits of Individual for the Household plus discounts on Summer Camp.


Senior Individual $24 (65 and older) members enjoy: All the benefits of Individual membership at a 20% discount.


Donor $100

All the benefits of Family membership plus...

  • Two guest passes for exhibition receptions


Sponsor $300

All the benefits of Donor membership plus...

  • Four guest passes for exhibition receptions
  • A complimentary set of Gertrude Herbert Ware's Folly notecards


Patron $500

All the benefits of Sponsor membership plus...

  • Six guests passes for exhibition receptions
  • One free family membership to give as a gift 


Benefactor $1000

All the benefits of Patron membership plus...

  • Eight guests passes for exhibition receptions
  • Two free family memberships to give as a gift 


Founder $5000

All the benefits of Benefactor membership plus...

  • Twelve guests passes for exhibition receptions
  • Four free family memberships to give as a gift
  • Free facility rental for small event (must be scheduled in advance and subject to availability)


*Corporate Sponsor - Please contact the Institute about the benefits of corporate sponsorships!