27 MEMBERSHIP MATTERS clockwise from top left Taiga Ermansons leads a Members program Associates Trip to Mass MoCA Members drawing program Janice Oresman 55 during Associates Trip to Mass MoCA Museum Shop visitors Associates Trip to the Williamstown Art Conservation Center Members exhibition preview T hanks to the dedication and generosity of our members who make all that we do possible SCMA offers a wide range of inspiring en- riching and engaging exhibitions and public programs. Each month members are invited to attend at least one programand often more than one created especially for them by the museums Member- ship department and led by a curator faculty member museum educator or membership staff member. Directors Associates fund the directors priority initiatives from pilot programs to art purchases. Among the many things made possible by this group this year was the completion of the gallery renova- tions and an inaugural acquisition. Montmartre Cab- aret rue St. Rustique by the French photographer Eugne Atget 18571927 was on view in the win- ter and spring of 2015 in one of the custom mobile cabinets for works on paper. Tryon Associates fund the museums core initiatives including exhibitions programs and special projects. This year they provided vital support in the areas of stafng administration acquisitions shipping and re- search. Contemporary Associates fund purchases of contemporary art for the museums permanent collection. This year they helped fund the purchase of Korean artist Kimsoojas A Beggar WomanCairo. This piece was the inaugural work shown in the mu- seums Video New Media Gallery. More about this art work can be found on pages 3839. Members at the StudentPatron Levels provide essential general operating support for programs such as free Second Fridays for school bus subsidies and for website maintenance. Generous annual giving support from members enabled us to successfully complete the Gallery Redesign Project. This transformation allows our visi- tors students faculty alumnae museum and com- munity members and K12 teachers and classesto see beloved works in a new light and offers innovative ways to experience and interact with SCMAs extraor- dinary collection. The 2015 Annual Appeal supported the renovation of the changing exhibition gallery on the rst oor a redesign of a gallery dedicated to the display of African art on the third oor a complete reorganization of the lower level space to accommo- date the new Asian art gallery and Video New Media Gallery reinstallation of the 40-foot Frank Stella painting Damascus Gate Variation III and completion of the comprehensive new waynding system. SCMA continues to see the value of our updated integrated membership program which places the emphasis on impact over perks and provides levels of engagement that reect the signicant ways our community of members supports and sustains the work of the museum.