Friends of the Museum Grateful for Harvest Supper Sponsors

More information on Harvest Supper 2017

The 6th Annual Harvest Supper at Rowan Oak: 

Ideal beginning to Homecoming Weekend festivities

Friends of the Museum members are deeply appreciative of the sponsors for the dinner, which has become one of the signature events of the Lafayette-Oxford-University community’s fall season. As in previous years, 2017 Harvest Supper sold out, promising to surpass the 2016 event which attracted more than $100,000 in support for the University Museum.

President of the Friends of the Museum, a volunteer organization that supports museum fundraising, advocacy and special programing, John Hardy said, “This year’s Harvest Supper will occur October 12th, the Thursday evening before the Ole Miss-Vanderbilt football game. Harvest Supper has become a highly anticipated event that supports the University of Mississippi Museum. Presented by Friends of the Museum, the event combines alumni, local residents and out of town guests with artists, writers and musicians for dinner and entertainment on the historic grounds of Rowan Oak in Oxford, Mississippi.” Hardy added, “The generosity of our sponsors and the proceeds from ticket sales enable the Friends organization to target specific Museum needs to enrich the Museum experience for us all. Recently named as one of the top college museums in the nation, the Museum in 2016 had visitors from 50 states as well as 58 countries. In addition, our education programs alone reached over 12,800 participants last year.”

Robert Saarnio, Director of the University Museum and Historic Houses, voiced his appreciation for the support that comes from the event. “Harvest Supper is a quintessential moment in the annual calendar of the museum and Rowan Oak, as it is for the community of supporters who sustain us,” Saarnio said. “Without the Friends of the Museum’s dedication to this magical evening and the generosity of myriad sponsors and attendees, so much of what we offer to our audiences would simply not be possible. This extraordinary event inspires us as a staff, and fosters an invaluable degree of good will for the museum and its historic houses – for which we are immensely grateful.”

Individuals, businesses and other organizations became Harvest Supper sponsors at these levels:

  • Presenting Level: $10,000 and up
  • Platinum Level: $5,000 to $10,000
  • Gold Level: $2,500 to $5,000
  • Silver Level: $1,000 to $2,500
  • Bronze Level: $500 to $1,000

Sponsors were listed on 550+ event invitations mailed in August as well as included on the website, and other communications about the event. The various sponsorship levels also guaranteed tickets to the Harvest Supper, admission passes to Rowan Oak, membership to the University Museum and much more. For information on becoming a sponsor for the 2018 Harvest Supper, please email the museum.

Proceeds from the evening will help support numerous aspects of the University Museum, including acquisitions, the annual “Conversations” guest lecture series, exhibitions, educational programming and special events.  The event also generates enhanced awareness regarding ongoing needs to maintain and operate Rowan Oak and the Walton-Young Historic House, also managed by the museum.


Learning to Sketch from Museum Masters

Learning to Sketch from Museum Masters:

Art novices are welcome!
2 Day Workshop: Saturday and Sunday afternoon
June 27 and 28, 2015
2:30-5:30 p.m.
$30 per participant, fee includes materials
Online Registration available at
or by cash or check at the Museum Front Desk.
Space is Limited!

So many artists have learned by paraphrasing the works of earlier masters. Manet paraphrased Delacroix, Van Gogh, in his idiosyncratic style, copied El Greco and Cezanne’s influence flooded Picasso’s work. In the 20th century, Jackson Pollock filled his early sketchbooks with studies of master drawings and the young Grace Hartigan painted her way through Rubens and Velasquez.

Have you ever wished you could learn to sketch by studying master works?
Here is your chance to explore an exciting approach to doing that in a weekend afternoon workshop in the Museum’s studio and galleries. This two step process is especially useful for museum sketching because the wet medium is utilized before and after the dry sketching that is required in galleries and museums.

Part I: Saturday ~ In the Museum’s Art Studio
You will learn to prepare your sketchbook pages in advance by creating delicate watercolor monotypes. We will then practice “paraphrase” sketching of master artists’ drawings while experimenting with water color pencils and wash.

Part II: Sunday ~ Sketching in the Museum galleries
We will use the watercolor pages created the prior afternoon to gesturally sketch over them while viewing works on site in the museum galleries. A surprising synchronicity often emerges as the sketches combine with the background colors. To complete the afternoon, we return to the studio to add final accents with wash.

Instructor Bio: Constance Pearce

The instructor has twice exhibited her sketchbooks at the National Musuem of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC among other venues. She also served as professor of drawing, painting and art journals at St. Bonaventure University in New York and was prior visiting artist with Millsaps College in Jackson. Her sketchbooks are in the collection of the National Gallery of Art Rare Book Library (DC) and the Yale Center for British Art, sketchbook archives (CT) among others. Her work is seen locally at Oxford Treehouse Gallery and she is exhibiting in Japan in June.

EL: Lets Move April 18

Express Yourself! Family Activity Day

10:00 a.m. – noon

Cost: Free for UM Museum Members
$5 per child for non-members

Join us to create mud paintings and folk art sculptures inspired by the newest exhibit of self-taught artists at the UM Museum!
This workshop is designed for families
with children ages 3 and up.

Space is limited.

Click here to download the registration form.

Opening Reception: African Art from the Richard K. Meyer Collection


Opening Reception: October 25, 2011, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Part of the Oxford Arts Crawl


October 18, 2011 – March 10, 2012