Five figures kneel on a pink carpet in the galleries, inspecting and playing around with a number of tethers that Hiltner has constructed. At the center of the image, Hiltner is demonstrating how the device works.

Target Studio artist-in-residence Alison Hiltner (in the purple striped shirt), chatting with visitors about her project in January 2020.

Become a Sustaining Member of WAM

In 2019, we launched Free Membership. Now, everyone can join regardless of ability to contribute, and your WAM membership never expires. Your Free Membership ensures you’re always in the know about the Weisman’s new exhibitions, fun activities, and creative happenings, with access to our e-news, members-only seasonal sales, early ticket access to popular programs, and more.

We like you; you like us. Let’s take our relationship to the next level >>>

For the price of a cup of coffee and pastry, you’ll join the ranks of WAM’s sustainers, whose recurring gifts throughout the year help to fuel the engaging programming you’ve come to count on.  As a thank you for your ongoing support, WAM Sustaining Members also enjoy special savings, year-round, at the WAM Shop. When you make a recurring credit card donation, in the amount of $5/month or more, you’ll receive a 10% discount off your purchases in the museum store. This perk lasts as long as your sustaining membership is active. 

What’s more, when you shop at WAM, you show your care every time you pop in to stock up on your favorite items. Like sustaining memberships, your WAM Shop purchases are a tangible, ongoing way to express your support for the museum’s inspiring art, programming, and creative educational offerings.

As a Sustaining Member, you’ll enjoy:

  • 10% off your WAM Shop purchases, whether you’re shopping in-person or online, for as long as your sustaining membership is active
  • A subscription to WAM’s e-newsletter, featuring upcoming programs, museum news, and special member offers.
  • Priority registration to the most popular events of the year, including the Student Design Showcase, exhibition openings, and artist talks.
  • Free admission to more than 75 participating museums nationwide as part of the College and University Art Museums Reciprocal Program.
  • Access to members-only, seasonal sales in the WAM Shop.
  • Invitations to special members-only events (such as Art Mob, for those giving $300 or more each year)

Become a Sustaining Member with Your Recurring Donation Today >>

Sustaining Membership FAQs

How do I sign up to become a Sustaining Member?

It’s easy! Click this link, and fill out the brief membership form you find there. This link takes you to the University of Minnesota Foundation’s giving page for WAM members; be sure to select “Monthly Gift,”  then enter the amount that’s right for you. As little as $5/mo. makes you a Sustaining Member.


When I follow the link, it looks like I’m donating to the University of Minnesota, rather than the Weisman. How does that work?

As a part of the University of Minnesota system, the Weisman’s donations and philanthropic record-keeping are handled by the University of Minnesota Foundation. But you can rest assured that when you make your recurring gift here, your dollars will always go toward WAM, sustaining the museum’s student scholarships and educational programs, and creating exciting opportunities for future art patrons and audiences of all ages.


Can I take advantage of the 10% discount for Sustaining Members for online purchases through WAM Shop?

Absolutely! You’ll receive a discount code by email, which you can use when you make your purchase through WAM Shop online or in person.


What does it mean to be a member at WAM?

As a member, we’ll keep you up-to-date on all the exciting things happening at WAM. With that information, you can  attend an exhibition opening, roll up your sleeves and participate in an artist-led workshop; you can take advantage of your 10% discount year-round at the WAM Shop, or hit the Members-only pre-holiday sale for even more savings, and become the best gift giver in your family. More than anything, we ask you to share the love—bring a friend to the museum, post pictures of your visit on social media, and participate in all the ways you’re willing and able. As a member, we look forward to getting to know you and your interests better so that we can work towards creating a more inclusive and exciting space for all members of our community.