Friends of the Museum

Friends of the Museum Board Members

Diane Scruggs

Julia Thornton
Vice President

Medora Justus

Allyson Best

Lloyd Hewitt
Member At-Large

John Hardy
Past President

Billy Chadwick

Ygondine Creasy

Earl Dismuke

Susan Flowers

Jack Garner

Robert Hollingsworth

Tom Howorth

Kent Magee

Greg Patton

Jodi Skipper

Afton Thomas

Brenda Jones West

The Friends of the Museum supports the activities and acquisitions of the University Museum and Historic Houses through advocacy, fundraising, and special programming.


Special Events

  • Harvest Supper
  • Launch of The Beautiful Mysterious: The Extraordinary Gaze of William Eggleston catalog
  • Meditations on the Landscape in Art and Literature symposium
  • Buie Bacchanalia


  • Meditations on the Origins of Agriculture in America (1987) by Bill Dunlap, in conjunction with the Mississippi Arts Commission*
    *The project is supported in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, through the Avery B. Dille, Jr. Fund for Art Acquisition, in memory of Mr. Avery B. Dille, Sr., Mrs. Katherine T. Dille, and Mr. Avery B. Dille, Jr. 

Exhibition Support

  • Meditations on the Landscape in Art and Literature exhibition
  • The Beautiful Mysterious: The Extraordinary Gaze of William Eggleston traveling exhibit
  • Audio, video, and technology upgrades in gallery spaces

Educational Programming

  • Classroom technology upgrades
  • First Friday Free Sketch Days
  • Adult Studio Workshop and Milkshake Mash-Up supplies
  • Traveling Trunk, Boys & Girls Club, Outreach, and other partnership funding
  • Inter-generational programming support, including Buie Babies and Family Days
  • Museum Education Professional Development resource shelf
  • Guest artists and field trips for Art Zone students

The Friends of the Museum Endowment

The Permanent Collection

  • Future acquisitions at Rowan Oak
  • Rowan Oak website development
  • Supported efforts to restore access to outbuildings at Rowan Oak
  • Renovation of the original 1939 Mary Buie Museum
  • Re-installation of the Robinson Greek and Roman Collection
  • Art and artifacts conservation
  • Bailey Woods Trail signage installation