MAD Luminaries

MAD Luminaries are thought leaders ages 21-45 who share a commitment to MAD, and to inspiring others to advocate for the future of art, design, and craft.

Luminary ( noun): A person who inspires or influences others, especially one prominent in a particular sphere.

This prominent, knowledgeable, and passionate group help MAD provide a platform for new, undiscovered, and underrepresented artists. Through MAD Luminaries, young art enthusiasts connect with artists of our time, prominent collectors, and leading figures in the art world. They interact with artists newly discovered by MAD—often before the artist is known to general audiences.

Read about our Artist Committee Members Shantell Martin and Simon and Nikolai Haas in this Women’s Wear Daily article.

Benefits of membership include:

  • Free, unlimited admission
  • Invitation for two to all Patrons VIP exhibition opening receptions
  • Invitations to Luminaires-only events and gatherings
  • Exclusive Luminaries-only virtual and in person programs including studio visits with artists, curator-led discussions, tours of private collections, and gallery events.
  • Discounted tickets to workshops, talks, films, and performances.
  • 20% discount in The Store at MAD
  • Two guest passes to the Museum to share with family and friends.


Members are interested in and inspired by contemporary and studio art. MAD Luminaries enjoy insider access to special programming and a dedicated calendar of events designed for Member interests. Each season, Luminaries gain valuable insight into the Museum’s special exhibitions through a series of curator-led private viewings and gallery talks especially for Members. Plus, Luminaries have access to MAD galas, receptions at the homes of private collectors, and leading art shows and fairs.

The commitment to join as an Individual Member is $300.

The commitment to join as Dual Members is $500.


(All events take place at the Museum unless otherwise indicated.)

Apr 18 / 6–8 pm
Exhibition Preview: OUT of the Jewelry Box, Anne Wilson: Errant Behaviors, and Identity Is…

Apr 23 / 6–8 pm
Curator-led Tour of OUT of the Jewelry Box, followed by jewelry making with Co-Chair Christina Senia

May 4 / 10 am–2 pm
MAD About Jewelry Kick-Off Brunch: Pop-up sale of international contemporary jewelry

May 7 / 6–8 pm
MAD About Jewelry Young Patrons Night

May 8 / 6:30–7:30 pm
Luminaries Committee Meeting

May 29 / 6–8 pm
Visit with Artist in Residence Michelle Im, followed by hand-building clay workshop

Jun 25–26 / 3–8 pm
Luminaries host the LGBT+ VC Summit

Jul 23 / 4–6 pm
Mentoring session with Artslife teen interns to discuss opportunities for cultural engagement

Sep 19 / 6–8 pm
Luminaries Committee Meeting

Oct 16 / 6 pm–12 am
MAD Ball: A celebration of Barbie: A Cultural Icon exhibition

Oct 17 / 10 am–6 pm
Members Preview: Barbie: A Cultural Icon exhibition

Nov 19 / 6–8 pm
Visit with Artist in Residence (TBA), followed by an artmaking workshop

Luminaries Holiday Party


This steering committee is a collective of highly engaged loyalists who, with the Co-Chairs, form the leadership of the Luminaries. They meet quarterly to consult on the curated calendar of programs and events, to share ideas about up-and-coming artists, and to consider future opportunities for MAD Luminaries to support the NYC arts community.

Alexander Hankin, Christina Senia and Timo Weiland


Alexander Hankin
Christina Senia
Timo Weiland


Faryn Altschuler
Jeremy Banon
Zachary Beloff
Justin B. Grabell
Danielle Hankin
Ryan Jensen
Casey Kohlberg
Bryan Ludwig
Halley Mandel
Zachary C. Miller
Andrew P. Puopolo
Joseph Spieczny
Blake Sterling Tomaeno

Artist Committee Members

Wes Aderhold
Shantell Martin

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