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MAD Luminaries

Mad Luminaries is a gathering of 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:

  • All Access Pass to Virtual Member Programs
  • Invitations to Luminaires-only events and gatherings
  • Exclusive Luminaries-only Virtual Programs including studio visits with artists, curator-led discussions, tours of private collections, and gallery events.
  • 20% discount in The Store at MAD
  • Two guest passes to the Museum to share with family and friends


This steering committee is a collective of 10-15, 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. Committee Annual Fund Commitment: $1,500.


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, through MAD, Luminaries have access to MAD galas, receptions at the homes of private collectors, and leading art shows and fairs. Members Annual Fund Commitment: $300 Individual / $500 Dual.

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