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Georgia Welles Apollo Society

Since 1986

The Georgia Welles Apollo Society is named for the Museum’s Henri Matisse mural, Apollo, as it represents the Greek god of art. Founded in 1986 by Georgia and David Welles, The Georgia Welles Apollo Society has purchased more than 70 of works of art for the Museum over the past 37 years. Each year, the group works with one of the Museum’s curators to learn about an area of art and then select which work(s) to purchase for TMA with their pooled membership dues. In addition to the satisfaction that comes from supporting one of the region’s preeminent cultural institutions, Georgia Welles Apollo Society membership affords unprecedented access to the collection, curatorial process, and Museum leadership. Furthermore, members are granted the special satisfaction of leaving a lasting legacy at the Museum, one that will impact the community for generations to come.


  • Unprecedented access to TMA collection, curatorial process, and leadership

  • Knowledge you have made a substantial gift to the Museum and community

  • Opportunity to socialize with other art enthusiasts and collectors

  • Recognition in TMA’s annual report


Apollo members meet four times a year:

Apollo Picnic (Late Summer)

This casual gathering allows Apollo Society members to socialize and acts as a kick off for the “Apollo Year.”

Autumn Area Selection Program (Fall)

A TMA curator presents on an area of art and members vote on and select an area of focus for the year.

Spring Lecture (Early Spring)

Members enjoy an educational talk by an expert in the selected area of art.

Day Trip (Spring)

Enjoy an opportunity to travel with TMA staff and fellow Apollo members on a themed trip to surrounding collections, museums, or other cultural institutions.

Object Selection Dinner (Early Summer)

Members view and learn about the works under consideration with a TMA curator before voting to select the work(s) they think would be the best addition to TMA’s collection.


All current President’s Council and above members are eligible and invited to join The Georgia Welles Apollo Society.

Annual Dues are $6,000.


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