Friends

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Friends of the Museum

Board of Directors 2019–2020

Diane Scruggs
President

Amy Lowe Lewis
Vice President

Medora Justus
Treasurer

Linda Spargo
Secretary

John Hardy
Member At-Large

Ann Abadie
Nathan Adams
Marie Antoon
Allyson Best
Billy Chadwick
Susan Flowers
Jack Garner
Donna Gottshall
Gayle Henry
Lloyd Hewitt
Rebecca Phillips
Jodi Skipper
Brenda Jones West

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Lane McCluer holds up a painting by Robert Malone which was auctioned off at Harvest Supper.

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Harvest Supper features unforgettable and unique live entertainment.

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Guests enjoying Harvest Supper.

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Guests enjoying Harvest Supper.

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

Your contribution to Harvest Supper and the Friends of the Museum supported the following:

Special Events

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

Acquisitions

  • 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