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
2014 Friends Membership Form

2014 Friends of the Art Museum Events:

Sunday, February 9 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Chinese New Year tea ceremony with Sue Ting of Zen Clay – RSVP’s are required by February 5 to or 304-293-2141×1

Sunday, March 2 – Carnegie International

Join the Friends, with special guide Kristina Olson, Associate Professor of Art History at WVU, for a tour of the Carnegie International Exhibition, which closes on March 16. Round-trip charter bus travel and admission is included in the cost of this event. Price TBD

Studio Tour – April/May Date TBA

Glass artists Ron Desmett and Kathleen Mulcahy will open their Pennsylvania
studio/workshop for our visit. Transportation by chartered bus. Price TBD

Home Tour – Date TBA

We will be the guests of Joyce and John Allen for a visit to their lovely home in the mountains. Their house noted for its beautiful setting as well as its stunning architecture. Transportation by chartered bus. Price TBD

First Look – Late summer/early fall

The Friends will tour the new Art Museum while work is still on-going with March-Westin representatives and the WVU project team. After the tour, we’ll enjoy refreshments at the Museum Education Center in celebration of the progress-to-date. Free

Past Friends Events

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, a weekend trip to Philadelphia to visit area museums and institutions, and the Friends hosted a reception at Blaney House, the residence of the president of West Virginia University.

We are finalizing our plans for the 2014 Friends of the Art Museum schedule. Check back soon to see what is in store for the fifth season.

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