The Connoisseurs Circle

The Institute of Fine Arts is the international leader for graduate study in the fields of art history, archaeology, and conservation. Our lead patron group, the Connoisseurs Circle, provides essential support to our students, allowing them to study, travel and research without incurring excessive debt. In thanks for their generosity, members to the Connoisseurs Circle receive an array of substantial benefits and unparalleled access to the IFA faculty and other art world leaders in New York City.

The Connoisseurs Circle presents a unique opportunity for those of us who are passionate about art. Perhaps our most popular benefit is the ability to audit courses with the Institute’s renowned faculty. Members are able to explore a wide selection of topics from ancient art to contemporary art around the globe, and everything in between. Several exceptional events are planned each year including visits to world-class private art collections, curator and faculty-led tours of anticipated exhibitions, and visits to the studios of leading contemporary artists.

We invite you to visit our historic home, the James B. Duke House. To schedule a visit or to request more information please contact Andrea Yglesias at or 212-992-5812. She would be delighted to give you a tour and to discuss the Connoisseurs Circle in greater detail. We hope to see you soon.  

Stephen Lash
IFA Board of Trustees
Stephen R. Beckwith
Connoisseurs Circle Executive Committee

Connoisseurs Executive Committee

Stephen R. Beckwith, Chairman
William L. Bernhard
Jane Draizen 
Roberta Huber
Guillaume Malle 
David Tobey
Marica Vilcek
Alicia Volk

Ex Officio
Patricia Rubin

Rome Study Tour
The IFA Legacy Society
Corporate Patron Program