The Center for Curatorial Studies is an innovative institution that combines a rigorous academic program in curatorial studies with a vibrant public exhibition program dedicated to contemporary art.  Located at Bard College in New York’s Hudson River Valley, the Center for Curatorial Studies and the Hessel Museum of Art provide students and the public with one of New York’s most unique venues to explore the art issues relevant to our time.

Philanthropic support is absolutely essential to ensure the success of both our academic and public programs, and donations from individuals like you make a tremendous difference in our ability to succeed.  Giving opportunities range from supporting student scholarships and faculty positions to providing free access to our permanent collection for all visitors and developing exhibitions and other programs related to contemporary art and culture.

Even the smallest gift makes a difference.  If you would like to discuss how you can support CCS Bard, please call Tracy Pollock, Director of Administration and Development, at 845.758.7879, or write,, or, to give now, click here, and select “Center for Curatorial Studies” for area of interest.

The Center also holds an annual benefit each year in New York City honoring a curator whose lasting contribution has shaped the way we view exhibition making today. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please contact Ramona Rosenberg, Director of External Affairs, at 845.758.7574, or write,

In 2014, the Center introduced the new CCS Bard Arts Council.  The Arts Council is a membership-only group created to give our supporters exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the art, artists, curators, patrons, and institutions that shape the international contemporary art landscape today. To join and for further information, please contact Karlene King at or 845.758.7874.