Chairman’s Council

The Chairman’s Council is the Whitney’s most prestigious patron group. Created for the express purpose of engaging distinguished collectors and leading art patrons in support of the Museum’s visionary ideas, the group's exclusive programming is designed to give each member unparalleled access to emerging and master artists, the Whitney and its leadership, and the opinion makers of the art world. Under the guidance of Donna De Salvo, Chief Curator and Associate Director for Programs, the Council experiences a full range of programs, including exclusive visits to artist studios, premier private art collections, travel opportunities, behind the scene activities and much much more.

Participation in the Chairman’s Council begins with an annual gift of $25,000.

For further information please email or call (212) 570-7765.


  • Conversation and Dinner
    Artists Jenny Holzer and Louise Lawler discussed their work and their unique experiences as women working in contemporary art. This exclusive evening was held at the home of the Museum's Alice Pratt Brown Director Adam D. Weinberg, followed by dinner with the artist.
  • Chairman’s Council in Rome
    The Council was invited to participate in a three-day jaunt to Rome in March of 2010 to view the Whitney’s Edward Hopper exhibition at Fondazione Roma Museum.  While there, they visited several private collections, the studio of Joseph Kosuth, private visits to American Academy in Rome, the French Embassy and the French Academy in Rome.
  • An Evening with Roni Horn
  • Last winter, the members had the unique experience of visiting the studio of renowned mixed-median artist Roni Horn. While there, the Council was given a window into her creative process, and learned about the important artists who have influenced him her career.
  • Private collection visit at the home of Aby Rosen.
artist jeff koons shows how he makes artwork in his studio

Chairman's Council members enjoy a studio visit with artist Jeff Koons.