Membership FAQ

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How long is my membership valid?
Your membership is valid one calendar year from the date you signed up to join. For example, if you joined April 12, 2014, your membership would expire April 12, 2015. Membership is not automatically renewed but you will receive a reminder as your membership expiration date approaches.

Is my membership tax deductible?
Yes. $50 and $75 membership levels are fully tax-deductible. All other memberships are partially tax deductible as seen here www.aperture.org/join

Can I upgrade my existing membership to a higher level?
If you would like to upgrade your membership to a higher level, you may do so by paying the difference in price of the two memberships. If you have any questions, please contact the Membership Office at 212-946-7103 or e-mail: membership@aperture.org

When will I receive my membership card?
We ask that you allow up to three weeks for processing of your membership and receipt of your acknowledgement letter. Aperture’s new membership cards will be printed and mailed to recipients in the New York Tristate area.
Aperture Members outside the New York Tristate please note that you will not receive a Membership card unless specially requested. A photo ID or copy of your Membership receipt can be presented on site at Aperture Gallery and Bookstore as your proof of membership.

Do I need to bring my membership card with me to the gallery?
We ask that members carry their cards with them when attending events at the gallery. It will make check-in and purchases much easier for our staff. However, if you do not have your card with you or have not received in the mail by the time of your visit simply check-in at the reception desk with your name and a photo ID.

Does subscription to Aperture magazine qualify me as a Member of Aperture?
No. A subscription to Aperture magazine does not constitute a membership with Aperture.

Who should I contact if I would like to use my member discount to purchase a photograph?
Please contact: kmclaughlin@aperture.org.

How do I use my member discount code when shopping online for books or purchasing a subscription to Aperture magazine?
Please contact: membership@aperture.org for confirmation of member discount codes.

Will there be “member-only” events?
Throughout the year, there will be several opportunities for members to gain exclusive access to exhibitions, events and programs. These invitations vary by level but all correspondence regarding upcoming events for members will be circulated via email. By becoming an Aperture member you are automatically added onto our member events newsletter and email invitation lists so stay tuned!

Does an Aperture Membership starting at the $50 and $75 levels allow free entry to enter Aperture Portfolio Prize competition and the Summer Open exhibition?
Yes, current Aperture members (at the $50 level and up) do not have to pay the registration fee to submit work to the Portfolio Prize competition and Summer Open exhibition (debuting in 2014 at Aperture Gallery).

At the Friend Member level and up, how do I apply my discount at venues participating in Aperture’s member discount program?
Until you receive your Aperture Membership card by mail, please show staff a copy of your official Aperture membership acknowledgement letter or your Aperture membership e-receipt.

How can I see a schedule of upcoming member events?
While our online membership platform is under construction, please visit www.aperture.org/events/ or contact: membership@aperture.org for the latest schedule.

Can I purchase a gift membership?
Absolutely! Share your love of photography by giving the ones you care about a Friend or Dual/Family Membership— and let them enjoy a yearlong series of exclusive events, complimentary publications, and special discounts, among other privileges. Contact: membership@aperture.org for details.

I don’t see my question answered here. How can I contact the Membership Office?
You can call the Membership Office during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. -5:30 p.m., at 212-946-7103/7108 or e-mail: membership@aperture.org