CCS Bard Arts Council

Behind-the-scenes access to the art, artists, curators, and patrons who shape the international contemporary art landscape today.

Introduced in 2014, the CCS Bard 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.

The Bard Arts Council helps to support the next generation of curators by using all proceeds to provide travel stipends and living expenses for summer internships for our graduate students at museums and art organizations throughout the world. 

For an annual membership of $2,500, members will have the opportunity to attend exclusive events in and around New York City, from patron-hosted viewings of private collections, to special members-only exhibition previews and private Q&A events with leading collectors, artists, and curators.

Past events have included: Special tours of all CCS Bard exhibitions and receptions; private collection tours with members of the CCS Bard Board of Governors; private tours of exhibitions at SculptureCenter and MoMA; a studio visit with Tony Oursler; special invitations to events at The Park Avenue Armory, Frieze Art Fair, and Governors Island.

The CCS Bard Arts Council and affiliated events are led by CCS Bard Executive Director Tom Eccles and CCS Bard Arts Council Chair and Bard alum Dan Desmond.


Members will also receive:

  • Complimentary copies of CCS Bard exhibition catalogues and publications
  • An annual edition by one of today’s leading contemporary artists. 


CCS Bard Arts Council Members

Dan Desmond, Chair
Deborah Buck
Max Dolgicer
Scott Lorinsky
Robert Lowinger
Carole Server and Oliver Frankel
Manon Slome
Ronald Sosinski and Ellen Donahue
John Thomson

We invite you to learn more about the CCS Bard Arts Council. For further information, please contact Karlene King at or +1 845.758.7874.