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, Associate Director of Development 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 President & CEO
  • Private tour with the museum's President & CEO
  • 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
  • $50 off tickets to annual Gala
  • 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, Associate Director of Development, by emailing or by calling 704.353.9207.

Modernist Society Chairs: Mary Margaret and Fritz Porter

Founding Modernists

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

Modernist Society Leaders ($10,000 - $24,999)

  • Anonymous
  • Lilly and Steve Young

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

  • Jessica and Alex Churchill
  • Jody and Bryan Droze
  • Vicki and Porter Durham, Jr.
  • Liz and Lane Faison
  • Heather and Tom Finke
  • Dorlisa and Peter Flur
  • Sally and Curt Fochtmann
  • Anonymous
  • Kitty and Ted Garner
  • Donna and Bob Lilien
  • Susan Mitchell and Rich McCracken
  • Anne and Epes Robinson
  • Sally and Russ Robinson
  • Anne Carter and Dean Smith
  • Shannon Smith
  • Jennifer and Eric Steigerwalt
  • Anne and Robert Stolz
  • Gail and Scott Syfert

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

  • Judith and John Alexander
  • Robert Barbee
  • Georgia and Bill Belk
  • Barrie and Matt Benson
  • Linda and Bob Bertges
  • Margaret and Smokey Bissell
  • Patty Blackburn
  • Amy and Philip Blumenthal
  • Tricia and John Boyer
  • Barbara and Twig Branch
  • Allison Calicott and Michael Ortlip
  • Marguerite and Mark Carson
  • Angela and Jesse Cureton
  • Caroline and Ben Dellinger
  • Linda and Bill Farthing
  • Scott Fitzgerald
  • Pamela Freeman and Gregory Johns
  • Eileen Friars and Scott Pyle
  • Libba and Mike Gaither
  • Heather and Kevin Gottehrer
  • Isabelle and Bill Griesmyer
  • Dale Halton and Fred Wagner
  • Fran and Greg Hyde
  • Peggy and Jim Hynes
  • Lenore Jones Deutsch and Lance J. Deutsch
  • Toni and ALfred Kendrick
  • Barbara Laughlin
  • Holly and Hal Levinson
  • Kathy and Todd Mansfield
  • Marie Claire Marroum-Kardous
  • Jane and Hugh McColl, Jr.
  • Hope and Mike Parrott
  • Jancy and Gilbert Patrick
  • Cyndee and Robert Patterson
  • Mary Margaret and Fritz Porter
  • Pat Rodgers
  • Vickie and Chris Rolfe
  • Terri and Bill Saint
  • Laura and Mike Schulte
  • Tonya and Stoney Sellars
  • Mattye and Marc Silverman
  • Margaret and John Switzer
  • Sandi and Ben Thorman
  • Patricia Tobin and Kurt Waldthausen
  • Cassandra and David Wagner
  • Jerri and Mark Webb
  • Betsy Fleming and Ed Weisiger Jr.
  • Mary and Christopher Winston
  • Joan Zimmerman


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


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