Enjoy reduced admission while we install our new exhibitions.
Program Details
Friday, May 18, 2018 - 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Pay-What-You-Wish Admission
Throughout MAD

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 10:00 am
Program Description

The Museum of Arts and Design is celebrating the Association of Art Museum Directors’ (AAMD) Art Museum Day by offering Pay-What-You-Wish admission, special public programs and tours, as well as discounts on Membership and at The Store at MAD on Friday, May 18, 2018 from 10 am to 6 pm.

The theme of this year’s Art Museum Day is Hyperconnected Museums, a recognition of the many ways in which museums serve as central points of connectivity within their communities, both online and in person.

AAMD members across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico will be offering programs and initiatives to celebrate the arts and the important role art museums play in their communities. In addition to bringing the best of human creativity to people across North America, museums serve as engines for the creative economy, partners with school systems and civic organizations, and anchors for public spaces and neighborhoods, making their regions better places for everyone who lives and works there. 

MAD invites visitors to share their experiences on Art Museum Day via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with the hashtags #MADmuseum and #ArtMuseumDay. 


Docent Tours

There will be docent tours at 11:30 am and 3 pm.
Docent tours are free with Pay-What-You-Wish admission and meet in the lobby. 

Artist Studios

Visit artist-in-residence Andrew Bearnot and Van Lier fellow Xin Liu in the Artist Studios at MAD from 10 am – 5 pm.

The Artist Studios host artists and designers daily as they produce their work in a live studio environment. Visitors to MAD meet working artists who openly welcome questions and dialogue, and discuss their processes, materials, and concepts with diverse members of the public.

About Andrew Bearnot
A self-described materialist with a background in materials science and traditional craft media, Andrew Bearnot explores the aesthetic potential and technical intricacies of the material world.

About Xin Liu
Mixing scientific research with personal narratives, Xin Liu creates transformative, participatory experiences and bodily objects to examine the constitution of subjectivity and affects.


Derrick Adams: Sanctuary
Through August 12  

La Frontera: Encounters Along the Border
Through September 23

Surface/Depth: The Decorative After Miriam Schapiro
Through September 9

Samatha Bittman: Interlace
Through September 9

Tanya Aguiñiga: Craft & Care
Through October 2

Anna Riley: The Softening of Stone
Through July 3

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