Special Interest Groups

Special interest groups at the Wadsworth help fund programs and initiatives central to our mission.

Auerbach Library Associates
Auerbach Library Associates explore their interest in books, manuscript collections, and libraries while helping promote the Auerbach Art Library’s mission and growth. Read more.

Contemporary Coalition
Established in 2002 as the MATRIX Coalition, the Contemporary Coalition of contemporary art supporters contributes to special exhibitions and permanent collection installations of art date from 1945 to today, three MATRIX exhibitions per year, and the annual Emily Hall Tremaine Lecture in Contemporary Art. Read more.

Costume & Textile Society
Founded in 1984 to support the Costume and Textile Department of the Wadsworth Atheneum, the society also provides many educational, creative and social opportunities for its members. Read more.

Design and Decorative Arts Council
The Design and Decorative Arts Council was founded to further the appreciation of the decorative arts and design, and to support the decorative arts departments at the Atheneum. Read more.

Docent Council
Formed in 1968, the Wadsworth Atheneum’s Docent Council shares a passion for art, as well as the desire to engage and inform the public about art, the vast collection of the museum, and extraordinary dedication to excellence in teaching. Read more.

Friends of the Wadsworth Atheneum
Founded in 1950, the Friends of the Wadsworth Atheneum (formerly the Women’s Committee) is a group of dedicated volunteers working to help ensure the vitality of the nation’s oldest continuously-operating public art museum for generations to come. Read more.

Image: Artist Sonya Clark delivers the 2020 Emily Hall Tremaine Lecture in Contemporary Art, an annual event supported by the Contemporary Coalition