Leaders: Elaine Goldman, Richard Massey, Jeffery Larsen and Joseph Bolduc
Supporters: John and Andrea Nylund, and David Solo
Members: Nader Ansary, Aryeh and Elana Bourkoff, Rob Colangelo, Don Erenberg, Taymour Grahne, Roya Khadjavi-Heidari, Mary Lapides, Eric Nylund, Leslie Ruff, Steve Shane, and Diana Wege

The Commissioners’ Circle is a special group of patrons that directly supports Art in General’s New Commissions Program by contributing annually to a fund benefiting the projects for the exhibition season. A modern form of patronage, the fund allows emerging artists the opportunity to create and present new work that contributes to the development of their artistic practice.

  • Dinner with the director, curator, and New Commissions artist(s)
  • Invitations to exclusive previews, post-opening dinners, VIP receptions, private tours, and guided trips
  • Acknowledgment on all printed and online materials relating to the New Commissions Program
  • Annual selection of Art in General publications
  • Access to New Commissions artists through studio visits, as requested
  • Acknowledgment in 6th floor gallery and lobby of Art in General

For more information about this special membership group, please contact Teriha Yaegashi, Development Director at 212-219-0473 ext.105 or at [email protected]. You can also make your tax-deductible membership contribution online below.


Please choose a membership level from the drop-down menu below to join us:

Leader: $10,000 | Supporter: $5,000 | Member: $2,500


Since its launch in 2005, the New Commissions Program has formed the core of Art in General’s programming, and was designed in direct response to feedback from artists who expressed a need for more in-depth support for the production of new work. Art in General gives selected artists the opportunity to create and present new work by providing them with a high level of organizational and conceptual support including artist fees, production fees, exhibition space, a solo exhibition, promotion, and opportunities to engage with audiences through free online and public programs.


Sharon Hayes, Melissa Martin, Lee Walton, Alejandro Cesarco, Xaviera Simmons, Jihyun Park, Adam Simon, eteam, Ayreen Anastas & Rene Gabri, Alejandro Almanza Pereda, Melanie Crean, Andrea Geyer, Bernadette Corporation, Judi Werthein, Fawn Krieger, Little & Fergason, Chris Moukarbel, Carlos Motta, Carla Herrera-Prats, Jan Baracz, Dave Hardy, Josh Melnick, Julia Oldham, Guy Benfield, Chuck Yatsuck & Justin Rancourt, Shana Moulton, Kambui Olujimi, Redmond Entwistle, Isola & Norzi, Ohad Meromi, Brendan Fernandes, Jason Bailer Losh, AUDiNT, Zefrey Throwell, Mounira Al Solh, Rob Carter, Katrin Sigurdardottir, robbinschilds, Mounira Al Solh, Christopher Duffy, Kimberlee Venable, Anetta Mona Chişa & Lucia Tkáčová, Meriç Algün Ringborg, Letha Wilson, Ola Vasiljeva, The Still House Group, Alex Ito, Lisa Oppenheim & Lisa Tan, Jill Magid, Halsey Rodman, Lisi Raskin, Mika Tajima, Daphne Fitzpatrick, Zachary Fabri, Basim Magdy, Lea Cetera, Marwa Arsanios, Matt Lips, Halmos, Andrea Galvani, Lior Shvil, Nino Chubinishvili (Chubika), Alison O’Daniel.

Former New Commissions artists have gone on to receive additional exhibition opportunities and much critical acclaim, including the following:


For more than 30 years, Art in General has provided two of the scarcest resources to artists – space and funding. In a city teeming with creativity, we help local and international artists produce major groundbreaking projects that would otherwise not be realized.

Art in General was founded in 1981 by two young artists, Martin Weinstein and Teresa Liszka, in the General Hardware building (where it remains today) as a space for artists to inspire, meet, and exhibit. A pioneering force since the 1980’s, we have grown into a New York institution unlike any other in the city, supporting thousands of local and international artists through deep personal connections and direct funding.

We have a long history of supporting artists early in their careers. From Glenn Ligon in 1991, Marina Abromović in 1993, and Gabriel Orozco in 1994, we are often in the forefront of giving artists their first New York exhibitions. Most recently our New Commissions artists have gone on to be included in the Whitney Biennial, documenta, the Venice Biennale, as well as in exhibitions at major institutions here and abroad, from MoMA to the Tate Modern.

Our impact is felt both in New York and around the world. In recent years, we’ve been invited to guest curate the hundredth anniversary OPEN FORUM talks at The Armory Show, co-curate the Latvian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale, and received the highest level of press in our history with reviews by the New York Times, Artforum, Modern Painters, Art in America, and more. Press Archive