In 1994 the tradition of a Patron Gift was begun. Each year, an artist who has exhibited at the Athenaeum is commissioned to create a limited-edition artwork, often reflecting the character of this organization. The first reproduction becomes part of the Athenaeum’s permanent collection. The others are given as gifts to donors who support the Athenaeum, at the Patron level and above, at the annual Patron Dinner, held each June. Works by the participating artists are displayed in the library room with the Eloise and Russell Duff CD Collection Space.