The Museum Guild
Annual Dues: $20
The Guild generously gives their time and talent throughout the year. Most of all, we have fun planning activities that benefit the Museum and the community! If you aren't already a Member, won't you consider joining? We need YOU to make our events fun and successful.
History of the Evansville Museum Guild
On January 9, 1962, the Evansville Museum Guild, then known as the Evansville Museum Women’s Association, held its first meeting, electing Ona Dieckman as president. The founding officers of the Guild Board included: Ona Dieckman, Lula Welborn, Marjorie Donovan, Martha Combs deJong, Martha Ingle, Buelah Schoonmaker.
In the past 50 years, the Museum Guild’s many successful annual projects – including the Angel Tea, Mistletoe Mart, Ohio River Dance, Antiques Show, Fourth of July celebrations, and spring luncheons – have generated over $1 million for the Evansville Museum’s operating budget. This support allows the Museum to maintain and improve its facility and plays an integral role in allowing the Museum to remain available free of charge to the Evansville community.
Over 200 exhibitions in the Museum’s art, history, and science galleries have been made possible by Guild’s generous financial support.
A primary project of the Museum Guild is the High School Art Show. Celebrating its 49th anniversary in 2012, the High School Art Show has benefited thousands of young artists enrolled in public, private, and parochial high schools in a five county area.
Annually, the Guild provides the top award in the Mid-States Exhibition, a six state regional fine arts and crafts competition, which allows the Museum to purchase a work of art for its permanent collection.
The Guild has been an important contributor to the success of the Museum’s nationally touring exhibitions including, The Eye and the Heart: Watercolors of John Stuart Ingle, Beverly Hallam: The Flower Paintings, Passages: The Paintings and Drawings of Matthew Daub, andTheodore Clement Steele: An American Master of Light.
As important to the Museum as the Guild’s financial contributions are its volunteer efforts. Each of the organization’s 46 Presidents has led a dedicated Board and hundreds of members in their volunteer efforts to make the Museum a vital institution of learning and enjoyment.