Friends of the Art Museum

The Friends of Art Museum is a membership group for people who enjoy the arts, and social, educational, and cultural activities revolving around art. Our events include educational gatherings for members-only with artists, curators, and collectors, behind-the-scenes tours of art collections, gatherings in homes of private collectors and artist’s studios, and invitations to dinners with special themes designed especially for members of the Friends.

Members support the Art Museum by making an annual contribution of:
$100 per an Individual Membership
$150 for Dual Membership
$500 Business Membership
Membership is on a calender year basis.

If you would like to become a member of the Friends of the Art Museum or renew your membership, print out the form below and mail to:
Friends of the Art Museum
PO Box 6112
Morgantown, WV 26506-6112
2015 Friends Membership Form (PDF)


2015 Friends of the Art Museum Events:

Duquesne Club Tour – April 11, 2015

The Friends will have the opportunity to have lunch and a tour of the art collection at the beautiful, private Duquesne Club of Pittsburgh, founded in 1873. $$$.

Weekend Trip to Cleveland – May 29-31, 2015

The Friends will embark on a weekend trip to Cleveland to visit the Museum of Art, Intermuseum Conservation Association, Botanical Gardens, Museum of Contemporary Art, and more! $$$

Continental Breakfast with Museum Staff – August 25, 2015 – 8:30AM

This Continental Breakfast not only includes a nice morning with friends, but a Preview Tour of the opening Exhibitions with the Museum Staff!

Fall Themed Dinner – October 25, 2015

One of the favorite events of the year for the Friends. $$$

Farm to Table 9
5:00 – 8:30 PM

Table 9

Enjoy the tastes of the autumn harvest, music, and art together in the convivial company of the Friends of the Art Museum at Table 9 on the Monongahela River.

Table 9 Menu:
Appetizer and fall specialty drink

The menu is paired with a wine flight
Sweet corn soup
Beet and goat cheese salad
Hanger steak, Swiss chard, fingerling potatoes, green onion
Lemon cheesecake, stone fruit, almond

Vegetarian option: King oyster mushroom dish

$70 per person
Please respond by October 15 to 304-293-2141, Ext. 1 Friends Line
or to
Checks may be made payable to WVU Foundation, with the note
“Friends dinner.” Please mail to Friends – MEC, P.O. Box 6112,
Morgantown, WV 26506. To pay by credit card, phone the Friends Line,
leave your phone number, and we will call you back to get the information.

Past Friends Events

First Look
In September 2014 the Friends of the Art Museum had the wonderful opportunity to tour the new Art Museum of West Virginia University while work was still on-going. Tour groups were led by March-Westin representatives and the WVU project team. After the tour, the Friend enjoyed refreshments at the Museum Education Center in celebration of the progress.

Wheeling Art & History Tour
Nearing the end of September 2014, the Friends had the opportunity to explore all Wheeling, WV had to offer on a wonder tour that consisted of stops at the Wheeling Capital Theatre, Independence Hall, Center Market, Oglebay Institute, and had a lovely reception to follow.

Jefferson County Trip
In early October 2013 author John Allen, Jr. lead the Friends of the Art Museum on a tour of several historic homes and plantations nestled in the Shenandoah Valley. This trip showcases beautiful and significant eighteenth-century architecture as well as vibrant and rich autumn colors of the eastern panhandle of West Virginia

Friends Philadelphia Trip
In 2013 the Friends of the Art Museum embarked on their first overnight trip, a weekend in Philadelphia. Over thirty members enjoyed tours and talks at several Philadelphia area art institutions including Winterthur Museum & Garden, the Barnes Foundation, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Other past events have included a private tour of Kentuck Knob, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and currently owned by Lord and Lady Palumbo, a summer Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game tied in with a visit to the Andy Warhol art museum, and the Friends hosted a reception at Blaney House, the residence of the president of West Virginia University.

For more information about the Friends of the Art Museum, phone the Friends Line 304.293.21411 or email

Charter Members of the Friends of the Art Museum

Julia & Alex Chico Abbitt
Jean Allen
Joyce B. & John C. Allen
Cynthia Ashworth
David A. Bartlett
Robert Bastress
Barbara & Ralph Bean, Jr.
Madonna & Walter C. Bird
Sophie* & David Blaydes
Stephanie & Stuart Bloch
Lisa Bridges
Elaine & Robert* Burrell
Jane & Vincent Cardi
Victoria & Carl Cather
Richard Cava
Ida & Samuel* Chico
Anne Selinger & Nyles Charon
Betsy & Michael Cilella
Amy Cyphert
Elaine D’Alessandri
Alison H. & Patrick D. Deem
Jean &Lawrence* DeLynn
Deanna DiBartolomeo
Jenny & Richard L. Dinsmore, Sr.
Jane & Graeme Donovan
Susan & D. Lyn Dotson
Shelly & Darryl Duncan
Gwen & Sanford Emery
Barbara Evans Fleischauer
Victoria Fergus
Alice & James Frost
Deborah Fulton
Christine & Keith Garbutt
Dr. Ronald D. & Beverly Gaskins
Sharon & Irving Goodman
Mavis & George Lilley

Jeffery Greenham & Janet Snyder
Jean & Benjamin Hardesty
Susan & David Hardesty
Lynn & Clair Hawkins
Alison Helm
Elizabeth & Joe Hestick
Rebecca Hinkle
Mindy & John Hollander
Janet Honecker
Zella Horseman
Ann R. Hutchison
Joy Ice & Ron Latimer
Mildred & Ralph* Ice
Jean & Steve Jory
Millie & Allan Karlin
Irene & Jack Keeley
Judith & Hugh Kierig
Sarah Knox
Jeanne Kuehn
Ramona Love Lampell
Joyce & Gerald Lang
Irene Liberatore
Diane & David Lofstead
Nancy & Roger Lohmann
Lynn & Gene Lysick
Nora & Bill MacDonald
Lotus MacDowell
Wendy & Jeffrey Madden
Elizabeth Madison
Larry Martin
James McGraw
Janet McIntosh
Manzar & Joseph Momen
Jennifer & Moe Momen
Carrie Mullen
Cynthia & David Myerberg

Grethe Myles & Tom Witt
Charlotte & Joginder Nath
Libby & Jeffrey Neely
Elizabeth Parsons
Ann Paterson
Ann Payne
Katherine Payne
Trela & Douglas Pierce
Gloria Plevin
Vicki & Stephen Powell
Judith Raese
Melinda L. & James A. Russell
Susan Shumaker & Than Saffel
Dr. Jose V. & Katherine Sartarelli
Karen & Earl Schiffbauer
Shirley & Richard Schreiber
Cookie & Bernie Schultz
Charles Sims
Francoise & William Stauber
Mary Pat* & Robert Steptoe
James Stevenson
Annette Tanner
Rita & Stephen* Tanner
Viera & George Trapp
John Vanin
Dolores & Alfred Ware
Nancy M. Watkins
Nina & James West, Jr.
Michele Wheatly & Stanley Smith
Mary & C.B. Wilson
Rebecca C. Wilson & Michaela Stumpf
William J. Winsor & David R. Welsh
Katheleen Wolfe-Orescanin
Gregory Zerkel
Carolyn Zinn

*denotes members who are deceased