Frick Societies Programs

Frick Societies programs are a benefit of membership in The Frick Societies. To join this leadership guild or RSVP to upcoming programs, please call Kathi Connelly at 412-342-4069.

In appreciation of exceptional support of the Frick’s mission, we strive to offer members of The Frick Societies the best of the best—exclusive behind-the-scenes tours, invitations to meet acclaimed curators, scholars, and museum directors, and special entertainment and engagement opportunities. Following is a sampling of what we have planned for 2018!

Van Gogh, Monet, Degas: The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
(March 17 – July 8, 2018)

Private Preview Reception
— Be among the first in Pittsburgh to attend a private viewing of this outstanding exhibition.

Reflections in a Silver Spoon – A Lecture by Executive Director Robin Nicholson

Robin Nicholson will share insights into the collecting interests of Bunny and Paul Mellon, as well as anecdotal stories about the restoration of their magnificent collection.

NEW! The Frick After Hours
EVERY THURSDAY, MARCH 22 – JULY 5, 2018, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Enjoy the exhibition during limited access private viewing hours in The Frick Art Museum on Thursday evenings throughout the exhibition. Gallery Talks at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. (Museum not open to the general public.)

Learn how to buy and collect fine art — from the experts! A great collector — amateur or pro — is defined by their ability to select specific works of art and assemble them in a way that the whole becomes greater than the sum of the parts.

Collecting Art from the Perspective of a Dealer

Leslie Ferrin, Owner and Director, Ferrin Contemporary

Collecting Art from the Perspective of an Auctioneer

Christy Williams, Vice President, Museum Services and Corporate Art Services and Molly Ott Ambler, Senior Vice President, Senior International Specialist, Impressionist & Modern Art

TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2018
Collecting Art from the Perspective of a Collector

Robin Nicholson, Executive Director, The Frick Pittsburgh


The Frick will present objects for potential acquisition to the museum. Attendees will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite item and dine inside The Frick Art Museum. Members of the 1882 ($1,000) and Rubens ($2,500) Societies will be able to purchase tickets to this exclusive event (space limited). Clayton ($5,000) and Helen Clay Frick ($10,000) Societies members receive complimentary invitations.

Winter Spirits Walk: Unveiling the Frick

Get into the winter spirit! We will unveil spaces that visitors don’t normally have the opportunity to visit. Join us for a tour of rarely-seen rooms and spaces at the Frick. Each location will host a tasting of a different winter spirit or beverage.

Please RSVP to Kathi Connelly at or 412-342-4035.

Click here to download a 2018 Frick Societies program brochure.


Below is a sampling of the types of programs members of The Frick Societies have enjoyed.

An Afternoon at Homewood Cemetery —The group gathered at the Frick and began with a short talk accompanied by mid-afternoon refreshments, then embarked on a trolley and walking tour through the grounds of Homewood Cemetery to explore the gravesites of the Frick family and other fascinating personalities from Pittsburgh’s past. Jennie Benford, Director of Programming, The Homewood Cemetery Historical Fund

Sterling, Style, and Status: Silver in the Gilded Age — Silver production reached spectacular heights in the late 19th century. Learn more about the history of silver in America and explore splendid silver objects owned by the Fricks and made by luxury firms like Tiffany & Co., Gorham, Whiting, and Dominick & Haff.

Collection Storage Tour — See the Frick’s new collection storage below the Car and Carriage Museum! Take the staff-only elevator during this exclusive opportunity and see pastels, shoes, hats, furnishings and even cars and carriages in their beautiful, new, climate-controlled home.

Moving Ahead: The New and Renovated Car and Carriage Museum — Hear about the adventures of de-installing and installing the car and carriage collection and the work involved in creating a new installation about the transformative impact of the automobile in our lives.

Decking the Halls at Clayton— How does curatorial staff recreate
a 19th-century holiday? Go behind the scenes to witness the magic, research, and manpower that transforms Clayton for the season. Be among a select few to see Clayton in the midst of holiday bedecking and help to dress her by hanging ornaments on the tree in the enclosed porch while sipping champagne.

Exoticism, Historicism and Classicism (A Decorative Arts Tour of Clayton) — Have you ever wondered why Clayton looks the way it does? Explore the contents of Clayton and learn how the furniture, ceramics, silver, and glassware communicated the Fricks’ sense of style, taste, and refinement.

Wine Walk: Past & Present — The grounds of the Frick are very different than they were over a hundred years ago, when the family lived here. Stroll across the site on a tour that brings to life what is no longer there, stopping along the way for wine tastings!

A Private Evening with the Curator of Killer Heels — Over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, meet and talk with Killer Heels curator Lisa Small from the Brooklyn Museum. This event will include a private gallery tour. Space is limited though, so sign up early! Wednesday,

The Frick Collects: a New York Perspective — Xavier F. Salomon, Chief Curator of The Frick Collection will lead a gallery talk among some of the Frick Art & Historical Center’s finest and most significant objects highlighted in this exhibition.

A Director’s Preview — Robin Nicholson will share a preview of coming banner exhibitions, including: Undressed: A History of Fashion in Underwear from the Victoria and Albert Museum (London) in fall 2017, and Isabelle de Borchgrave, a prominent French artist and sculptor best known for her intricately painted paper interpretations of historic fashion, on display the following fall.