Join the Modernist Society and enjoy insider access to the museum’s renowned collections and exhibitions. The Modernist Society brings together individuals who share an appreciation for modern art and a personal commitment to the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art’s mission of designing outreach programs that benefit the quality of life for citizens typically underserved by the visual arts sector. Your contribution as a Modernist Society Member supports the museum’s presentation of exhibitions, public programs and community outreach initiatives.

Chaired by Mary Margaret and Fritz Porter, Modernist Society members receive a membership to the museum as a benefit of their gift, in addition to many opportunities for deeper engagement with art, artists, touring exhibitions, and the Bechtler collection through a diverse schedule of events and programming. For questions about joining the Modernist Society, please email Lisa Woods, Membership, Development Manager at or call 704.353.9207. Modernist Society membership is available at three levels:


  • Unlimited free admission to the museum
  • Free admission to all museum public programs including Jazz at the Bechtler, Guest Lectures, and Modernism + Film
  • Invitation to VIP reception before exhibition openings and two annual cocktail parties: Picnic on the Plaza and Tribute to the Firebird Reception
  • Invitation to annual member appreciation event
  • Invitation to intimate dinner for Modernist Society members and guest speakers
  • Invitation to informal Cocktails + Conversation tours with the museum's Curator and/or Executive Director
  • Private tour with the museum's Executive Director
  • Invitation to travel with Bechtler staff to domestic and international destinations
  • Ten guest passes for family and friends
  • Complimentary one year individual membership to give as a gift
  • Recognition on the museum website and donor wall in Bechtler lobby
  • 20% museum facility rental discount
  • 20% discount at the Bechtler Museum Store
  • Reciprocal member privileges at participating museums throughout the United States


All of the benefits of the Modernist Membership, plus:



All of the benefits of the Modernist Benefactor Membership, plus:

  • Complimentary admission for you and two guests to all museum-sponsored events
  • Invitation to annual Chairman's dinner
  • 30% museum facility rental discount

Join the Modernist Society Today:

Memberships may also be purchased online, or by contacting Lisa Woods, Development Manager, by emailing or by calling 704.353.9207.

Modernist Society Chairs: Mary Margaret and Fritz Porter

Founding Modernists

  • Regine and Andreas Bechtler
  • Natascha Bechtler
  • Fiona Bechtler-Levin and Scott Bechtler-Levin
  • Tanja Bechtler and Robert Teixeira
  • Viviane Bechtler-Smith and Bill Smith
  • Dany and Tony Bucher

Modernist Society Benefactors ($5,000 - $9,999)

  • Sarah and Tim Belk
  • Sheryl and Brian Bucci
  • Jessica and Alex Churchill
  • Angela and Jesse Cureton
  • Liz and Lane Faison
  • Heather and Tom Finke
  • Dorlisa and Peter Flur
  • Anonymous
  • Kitty and Ted Garner
  • Susan Mitchell and Rich McCracken
  • Mary Margaret and Fritz Porter
  • Sally and Russ Robinson
  • Anne Carter and Dean Smith
  • Shannon Smith
  • Jennifer and Eric Steigerwalt
  • Anne and Robert Stolz
  • Lilly and Steve Young

Modernist Society ($2,500 - $4,999)

  • Robert P. Barbee
  • Georgia and Bill Belk
  • Barrie and Matt Benson
  • Margaret and Smokey Bissell
  • Amy and Philip Blumenthal
  • Tricia and John Boyer
  • Barbara and Twig Branch
  • Marguerite and Mark Carson
  • Sallie and Derick Close
  • Paige and Mark Cohen
  • Malcolm Davis
  • Lenore Jones Deutsch and Lance J. Deutsch
  • Heather and Kevin Gottehrer
  • Peggy and Jim Hynes
  • Pamela Freeman and Gregory Johns
  • Toni and Alfred Kendrick
  • Barbara Laughlin
  • Donna and Bob Lilien
  • Marie Claire Marroum-Kardous
  • Posey and Mark Mealy
  • Kerbie and Brandon Neal
  • Hope and Mike Parrott
  • Cyndee Patterson
  • Pat Rodgers
  • Vickie and Chris Rolfe
  • Laura and Mike Schult
  • Mattye and Marc Silverman
  • Margaret and John Switzer
  • Gail and Scott Syfert
  • Sandi and Ben Thorman
  • Cassandra and David Wagner
  • Jerri and Mark Webb
  • Mary and Christopher Winston
  • Emily and Paul Zarbatany

  • Fiona Bechtler-Levin and Scott Bechtler-Levin


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  • TuesdayClosed
  • Wednesday10am - 5pm
  • Thursday10am - 5pm
  • Friday10am - 5pm
  • Saturday10am - 5pm
  • Sunday12pm - 5pm


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