The Society Circle was formed in 2003 to serve as the Society's fundraising organization.

Anyone who donates to ARLIS/NA is automatically part of the Society’s giving circle. Society Circle members directly support the mission of ARLIS/NA through their contributions. A list of donation levels and benefits is on the Donate Now page.

Donations help support all areas of ARLIS/NA, including special travel awards for the annual conference. Society Circle members have supported these awards since the Circle's founding in 2003.

The Circle supports the following special and conference-related activities: 
  • $50k for 50 Years Fund

A significant part of commemorating 50 years of ARLIS/NA revolves around thinking about the Society's future. To that end, we want to focus energy on diversifying art librarianship by providing job experience and a professional network for early-career librarians of color through internships under supervision of ARLIS/NA members and networking support from local chapters. This initiative supports several of the Society's strategic directions: Diversity and Inclusion, Organizational Advancement, and Art Information Professionals.

The work begins with a $50k for 50 Years fundraising campaign in support of an endowment. With an enthusiastic response from donors, it will fund at least one internship recipient in the first year. The campaign officially kicks off in spring 2021 at the 2021 Annual Conference.

To contribute to this campaign, please visit the Donate Now page and select the $50k for 50 Years Fund. Contributions you make to this fund are an investment in the future of ARLIS/NA and make you eligible for the Society Circle.

  • Conference Speakers Fund

The Conference Speakers Fund supports attendance costs and a small honorarium for non-ARLIS/NA member speakers at the annual conference.

  • Conference Speakers of Color Fund

The Conference Speakers of Color Fund, formerly known as the Alternative Voices Fund, was established in 2008 to bring a diversity of voices to the ARLIS/NA annual conference by encouraging participation by speakers of color who are not Society members. The fund supports attendance costs and a small honorarium for selected speakers who self-identify as persons of color. All donations to the fund will count towards your Society Circle membership.

  • Internship Fund

The fund goes to support the Wolfgang M. Freitag Internship Award which provides financial support for students preparing for a career in art or architecture librarianship, or visual resources curatorship.

The internship aims to represent the multifaceted nature of the field by providing internship opportunities to students currently enrolled in, or having completed within the last 12 months, a graduate program in library/information science, art history, architectural history, architecture, studio art, or museum studies. The grant supports a 150-hour internship in an art library or visual resources collection.

  • Travel Grant Fund

Funding opportunities for members and non-members who wish to attend the ARLIS/NA annual conference.

  • International Relations Study Tour Scholarship

The International Relations study tour scholarship was established in 2017 to allow an early-career ARLIS/NA member to participate in the annual study tour abroad organized by the International Relations Committee. This competitive scholarship offers financial assistance for global professional development opportunities. The study tour gives an early-career ARLIS/NA member the transformative benefit of deepening their knowledge of global collections, practices, and engagement with colleagues abroad. All donations to the scholarship fund will count towards your Society Circle membership.  

Impact of Awards

Heather GendronThe year I received the Internship Award (2001) was the first time it was awarded. The committee had worked so hard to get the award established and there was so much excitement about it - the experience gave me a strong sense that ARLIS/NA was an organization of people highly committed to the future of ARLIS/NA and art librarianship as a whole. The internship experience gave me excellent concrete experience to put on my resume. I also received mentoring from librarians at the University of Texas, Austin where my internship was hosted, as well as from members of the internship award committee. As someone new to the art library profession, it made a big impact. Through the ARLIS/NA members I encountered, I saw a very positive facet of the organization that I have tried to replicate throughout my career and through my ARLIS/NA activities. The whole experience inspired me to actively participate in the organization. I was subsequently asked to serve on the committee for the internship award, which gave me a foothold into ARLIS/NA. I learned how to network and became more confident in volunteering for ARLIS/NA projects. Later on, I was nominated to serve as an ARLIS/NA Executive Board member and served as its President – so I think we can safely say this award really helped jump-start my dream career!

- Heather Gendron: Internship Award 2001, 2016 ARLIS/NA President

Read more stories from those supported by the funds of Society Circle members.


The Society Circle is the fundraising organization in ARLIS/NA. Any individual may make a donation of any amount to become a member of the Society Circle. ARLIS/NA acknowledges the following individuals for their generous support during the current year:

2021 Society Circle Members

(January 2021 - June 2021)

Founder's Circle ($1000+)

Joan Benedetti (in honor of Jon Evans)
Sherman Clarke (in memory of Williame Dane)
Mark Pompelia (in honor of Carol S. Terry)
Carol Terry
Lynda White

President's Circle ($500 - $999)

Mary Williamson
Claire Gunning
Christian Ziereis

Patron's Circle ($200 - $499)

Jon Evans (in honor of Joan Benedetti)
Milan Hughston
Deirdre Lawrence (in memory of Margaret B. Zorach)
Kathy Woodrell

Member's Circle ($100 - $199)

Stacy Brinkman
Marilyn Carbonell
Samantha Deutch
Tamara Fultz
Amy Furness
Carol Graney
Lindsay King
John Maier (in honor of Dan Lipcan)
Emilee Mathews
Carol Ng-He
Quentin Pace
Jacqueline Protka
Suzanne Rackover
Gabrielle Reed
Sylvia Roberts
Liv Valmestad
Barbara Young

Contributor's Circle ($10 - $99)

Allison Benedetti
Meg Black
Karyn Hinkle
Beth Hylen
Leah Sherman

Past Founder's Circle Members

2019 - 2020

Joan Benedetti (in honor of Jon Evans)
Sherman Clarke (in memory of Williame Dane)
Milan Hugston
Roger Lawson
Kay Teel
Kathryn M. Wayne


Joan Benedetti
Sherman Clarke
Daniel Starr


Joan Benedetti
Sherman Clarke
Daniel Starr


Joan Benedetti
Sherman Clarke


Joan Benedetti
Sherman Clarke (in honor of Wittenborn Books)


Joan Benedetti
Sherman Clarke (in honor of Wittenborn Books)
Doris Freitag (in memory of Dr. Wolfgang M. Freitag)


Joan Benedetti


Joan Benedetti 


Joan Benedetti
William Dane


Joan Benedetti
Deborah Boudewyns


Joan Benedetti 


Joan Benedetti
Wolfgang Freitag (In Honor of Pamela J. Parry)


Joan Benedetti 


Nancy Allen (in honor of Caroline Backlund)
Joan Benedetti*
Deborah Ultan Boudewyns (Francis V. Gorman Art Library Fund, University of Minnesota, Wilson Library) 


Joan Benedetti
Betty Jo Irvine (in honor of Indiana University graduates specializing in Art and Visual Resources Librarianship)