Young Friends of the Norton

The Young Friends of the Norton Museum of Art is a vibrant group of young professionals committed to supporting the Norton’s mission to preserve, collect, exhibit, and interpret art through a diverse schedule of educational and social events that focuses on the Museum Collection and special exhibitions. Young Friends also supports an Acquisition Fund that helps strengthen and build the Museum Collection.

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2015/2016 Event Schedule

Season Kick-Off Party
Wednesday, Oct.21, 2015 / 6:30-8:30 PM

Enjoy a lively party at the Museum with a special presentation from Deputy Director James Hall on the progress of The New Norton master plan, followed by a tour of Going Places: Transportation Designs from the Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Collection.
Young Friends Free / Guests $50

Cocktails and Conversation
Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 / 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Deborah Willis, Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging, Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, and her husband Hank Thomas, a former member of the Black Panthers’ Philadelphia chapter who established the chapter’s health clinic and children’s food program, provide context and insight into the special exhibition, The Summer of ’68: Photographing the Black Panthers. Reception to follow.
Young Friends Free / Guests $35

Uptown Art Comes Back to the Norton
Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 / 6 - 9 PM

Sip wine as Uptown Art instructors guide you step-by-step to create your own version of a Matisse painting from the Norton Collection. 
Young Friends $20 / Guests $50 / Supplies provided / Space is limited

Gallery Talk with a Curator
Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 / 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Enjoy a talk in the gallery with Cheryl Brutvan, Director of Curatorial Affairs, on the contemporary masterpiece by David Hammons. Reception to follow.
Young Friends Free / Guests $35

Diamond Gala After-Party
Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 / 9:30 PM

Dance the night away at the biggest Young Friends event of the season and celebrate the Norton’s 75th anniversary with the third annual Gala after-dinner fête. A portion of the proceeds supports the Young Friends Acquisition Fund.
Tickets $150 (Available first to Young Friends members)

Exhibition Tour with a Curator
Thursday, March 10, 2016 / 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Take a closer look at the special exhibition, O'Keeffe, Stettheimer, Torr, Zorach: Women Modernists in New York, with Ellen Roberts, Harold and Anne Berkley Smith Curator of American Art. Reception to follow.
Young Friends Free / Guests $35

Patron level
VIP events for Young Friends Patrons

Day Trip to Art Basel Miami Beach
Friday, Dec. 4, 2015 / 9:30 AM – 5 PM

Meet at the Museum for round-trip transportation to the most important art show in the country. Cheryl Brutvan, Director of Curatorial Affairs, will provide a preview of the fair and offer suggestions for exploring the vast and colorful galleries. Includes transportation, admission, and lunch.
Young Friends Patron Members / RSVP required / Space is limited

RAW Special Exhibition Opening Reception
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016 / 6 - 8 PM

Young Friends Patrons are invited to celebrate the VIP opening of the fifth annual Recognition of Art by Women (RAW) exhibition featuring the collage works of Njideka Akunyili Crosby in her first museum survey.
Young Friends Patron Members / RSVP required

Behind the Scenes: BIJOUX! 2016
Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 / 11 AM – 1 pPM

Join a conversation with Donna Schneier, Norton Circle Member, renowned jewelry collector and BIJOUX! Chair. Learn about her world-class contemporary collection, representing movements such as Abstraction, Conceptual, Minimalism, Performance, and Pop art. Reception to follow.
Young Friends Patron Members / RSVP required
The Norton Circle's Behind-the-Scenes Tour & Lecture Series is generously underwritten by Goldman Sachs

Join, renew, or upgrade your membership today and take advantage of these exciting events and newly added benefits!

Young Friends Individual $150
(Suggested Ages 21 - 39)

  • Free, year-round admission to the world-class Museum Collection and special exhibitions
  • Exclusive Young Friends events with private receptions and curator-led programming
  • Priority access to the Gala After-Party, in support of the Young Friends Acquisition Fund
  • Special Members-only events including Member Appreciation Day
  • Subscription to the Museum magazine and monthly e-newsletter
  • 10% Museum Store discount; 20% during Member Discount Days

Young Friends Supporter $250 
(Suggested Ages 21 - 39)
Enjoy the benefits of the Young Friends Individual membership for two, plus:

Young Friends Patron $750
(Suggested Ages 21 - 49)

  • Enjoy the benefits of the Young Friends Supporter membership, plus:
  • Three additional VIP member events including a daytrip to Art Basel-Miami Beach
  • Invitation to join the Young Friends Acquisition Council

All Young Friends of the Norton memberships are 100% tax-deductible

For more information, contact Catherine Quinn, Development Associate for Special Events, at (561) 832-5196 x1212, or email



The Young Friends 2015-2016 season is generously underwritten in part by:



The Young Friends Acquisition Council is a unique opportunity reserved for Young Friends Patron members to further engage their interests in collecting and the current art market through conversations with curators and art professionals. The council also has the responsibility of managing and promoting the Young Friends Acquisition Fund.

2015/2016 Young Friends Acquisition Council

Annie Barrow
Otto Bergés
Emily & James Clifford
Darlene Dzuba
Sarah Gates
Alexander Ives
Maite Jabour
Shanna & Daniel Kahan
Bruce Langmaid
Michael Lorber
Virginia Oatley
Charles Poole
Caroline & Nicholas Rafferty
Andrew Sciame
Olivia Shandora & Eugene Shekhter
Hayley & Jeffrey Sheldon
Maura Smith
Liv Vesely
Kristen & Chris Vila