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Museum Support Groups

Museum membership offers many benefits, but one of the most interesting is the opportunity to participate in the Museum’s support groups. The Milwaukee Art Museum has nine themed support groups, which focus on specific interest areas within the Museum’s Collection. These groups bring together people with similar interests to socialize, learn, and support the Museum in many different ways. Each group offers its members unique benefits such as educational lectures, opportunities to travel with the curators, tours of exclusive collections, artist talks and gallery walks, and various other special events.

There is room for every interest and level of experience—from the novice to a veteran in the art world—so read below to learn more and find the group(s) that best matches your personal interests.

Support Group Programs

Membership in one (or more) of the Museum’s support groups comes with the opportunity to participate in a range of additional programs throughout the year. Programming for the 2021–22 season for each support group is listed below; members will receive updates as details are finalized.

If you are interested in attending a program but are not a member of the support group, please call the membership office at 414-224-3284.

African American Art Alliance

  • Trenton Baylor and Michelle Grabner in conversation on Thaddeus Mosley’s Geometric Plateau (included in Sculpture Milwaukee’s exhibition there is this We), at MARN’s ART + CULTURE HUB. Co-sponsored by AAAA and Sculpture Milwaukee. (October 8, 2021)
  • Derrick Adams public lecture, followed by a joint reception with members of CAS and the Photography Council (spring 2022)
  • African American Maker Series: Nate Young public lecture, followed by a reception with members of AAAA

American Arts Society

  • American Memory lecture (September/fall 2021)
  • AAS Annual Meeting, University Club (November 2021)
  • A conversation with Ruthie Dibble, PhD, curator at the Chipstone Foundation, and Tiffany Wade Momon, PhD, assistant professor at Sewanee: The University of the South, co-curators of the exhibition Troubled Like the Restless Sea (February 2022)
  • Niedecken conservation rotation lecture (April 2022)

Collectors’ Corner

  • Luncheon and presentation, “The Hidden Treasure of Emil Kronquist and the Kronquist Silver Collection,” by local jeweler and silversmith Shelly Culea, at the Woman’s Club of Wisconsin (November 2021)
  • Luncheon and presentation, “American Friends of Musée d’Orsay, Founding and History,” by Mary Emory, member, Honorary Board of the American Friends of the Musée d’Orsay, at the Milwaukee Art Museum (March 2022)
  • “How to Find Hidden Clues in Your Paintings” presentation by Catherine Sawinski, assistant curator of European art, at the Milwaukee Art Museum (April 2022)

Contemporary Art Society

  • Christy Matson, American textile artist, exhibition opening event (February 2022)
  • Lesley Vance, American artist, lecture (TBD)
  • Studio Crawl (spring or summer 2022)
  • Derrick Adams public lecture, followed by a joint reception with members of AAAA and the Photography Council (spring 2022)

Fine Arts Society

  • A virtual walk-through of the European galleries, highlighting installation changes with Tanya Paul, Isabel and Alfred Bader Curator of European Art
  • “Blurred Lines and Fuzzy Divides from Manuscript to Print,” a virtual lecture by Elizaveta Strakhov, assistant professor of English at Marquette University (offered in conjunction with the exhibition First Impressions: Early Printed Books in Europe)
  • “Paintings on Stone: Science and the Sacred 1530–1800,” a lecture by Judith W. Mann, curator of European art to 1800 at the Saint Louis Art Museum
  • Presentation on the conservation of Pierre Bonnard’s Girl in a Straw Hat by conservator Heather Galloway

Garden Club

  • A visit to Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, followed by an alfresco lunch at Doctors Park (September 10, 2021)
  • Presentation by award-winning author Amy Stewart on her book Flower Confidential: The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful in the Business of Flowers (virtual event: December 10, 2021)
  • Presentation, “Birds in the Garden: Creating and Enjoying a Bird Oasis,” by artist and professional gardener Pam Karlson (virtual event: February 18, 2022)
  • Presentation by Stephen McCarthy, ASLA, in Lubar Auditorium, about Jens Jensen, an influential designer of landscapes at the turn of the twentieth century (May 20, 2022)

Photography Council

  • Annual Event, Herzfeld Photography, Print, and Drawing Study Center (spring 2022)
  • Private tour of An-My Lê: On Contested Terrain, reception to follow
  • Derrick Adams public lecture, followed by a joint reception with members of AAAA and CAS (spring 2022)
  • Haberman Local Luminaries (spring 2022)

Print Forum

  • Behind the scenes of the Milwaukee Art Museum’s collections website refresh, presented by project co-lead Amanda Brown (virtual event: September 23, 2021)
  • Virtual tour of the 17th- to 19th-century European print rotation in gallery S202 with Nikki Otten (winter 2022)
  • Print Forum 40th Anniversary Celebration and Acquisition Event (spring 2022)


Interested in joining a support group, but not a Museum Member? Become a Member today and take advantage of this exclusive benefit!