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February 25, 2016

PMA introduces cheaper memberships for working artists

They're also giving away free lifetime memberships

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The Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art has made big strides for artists looking to access their expansive galleries by creating two new levels of membership. 

The Artist Membership is a reduced annual membership specifically for artists working in any of the mediums represented in the collection. Artists need only show proof of how they share their art with the public - like an exhibit flier, a website, an Etsy or Instagram page - when purchasing in order to qualify. 

The $40 membership gives the holder access to the museum's main building, the Rodin Museum, the Perelman Building and two of the museum's historic house holdings in Fairmount Park, plus tons of other perks like special exhibit admission and discounts on merchandise and events. 

Furthermore, artists can get this membership for a special $25 deal now through Sunday, Feb. 28, if purchased at the Museum. 

Living artists whose work is actually held in PMA's permanent collection have also been granted a free lifetime membership as of this month. That's approximately 2,000 artists, which, when you think about it, seems like something all artists should have wherever their works are held.