Donate and Become A Member

Together we flourish!

We gladly accept gifts of all sizes! Your gift of $30 or more qualifies you for a full year’s Membership, complete with Membership Benefits that include Museum Store discounts and invitations to exhibits, receptions and special events. And for gifts of $100 or more, you’ll receive free admission and store discounts at over 1,100 museums across North America through our new North American Reciprocal Museums (NARM) affiliation. NARM has already saved Members hundreds of dollars at other museums so this makes a wonderful gift for someone who travels or lives in a city with participating museums.

Membership contributions and private donations provide 25 percent of our funding, vital to sustaining the full range of our work–exhibitions, programs and collections. Thanks to loyal members, we are able to provide free admission for all visitors as well as free tours and educational programs for school groups, senior citizen groups and university students. With the Museum and the Museum store being closed from March 14 - August 16 due to COVID-19, we are especially reliant on Membership support for our increased focus on virtual and online programming.

Donations of artwork and funding for artwork purchases

100% of the artwork in our collection of over 7,000 art objects was donated directly by the artist or collectors or purchased with donated funds. You can designate your gift for artwork acquisition or preservation. Please contact Carolyne Hart at 605-688-4313 if you would like to learn more about this or other designated giving options.

    4 ways to give (and become a Member)

    While we're closed, give online or by mail:

    When we reopen, you can also:

    • Visit us at the South Dakota Art Museum, and ask at the front desk.
    • Call the museum at 605-688-5423.

    Whether you give directly to South Dakota Art Museum or through the SDSU Foundation, your contributions of any amount are tax deductible, and contributions $30 or higher qualify for a full year’s Membership.

    Membership Levels

    • Individual: $30
    • Family/Household: $45
    • Contributor: $100 - $499
    • Donor: $500 - $999
    • Supporter: $1,000 and above

    Membership Benefits

    • 10% discount on Museum Store purchases
    • Additional Museum Store savings during Member appreciation sales
    • 20% discount on Museum classes and workshops
    • Personal invitations to exhibits, receptions and special events
    • The Satisfaction in knowing that YOU: 
      • Help sustain dynamic exhibitions and events
      • Expand the depth of the collections through acquisitions
      • Ensure the legacy continues through conservation efforts

    Additional Membership Benefits at the Contributor level and above: 

    • North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) benefits: Reciprocal membership benefits (free admission, museum store discounts and event discounts) at over 1,000 North American 1,000 arts, cultural and historical institutions across North America as part of the North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) Association®Click here to find NARM museums where you'll be traveling. Likewise, members at participating NARM museums who visit South Dakota Art Museum receive a 10% discount in the South Dakota Art Museum Store.