Evansville Museum Guild members generously give 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 Guild member, won’t you consider joining? We need YOU to help 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 and Buelah Schoonmaker.
Over 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 more than one million dollars for the Evansville Museum’s operating budget. This support allows the Museum to maintain and improve its facility while playing an integral role in allowing Museum visits to remain free of charge for the community.
More than 200 exhibitions in the Museum’s art, history, and science galleries have been made possible by the Guild’s generous financial support. The High School Art Show — one of our primary projects — marked its 50th year in 2013. Benefits from this special annual event have supported thousands of young artists enrolled in public, private, and parochial high schools in a five county area.
The Guild has also 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 and Theodore Clement Steele: An American Master of Light.
And each year the Guild provides the top award in the Mid-States Exhibition, a six-state regional fine arts and crafts competition, which enables the Museum to purchase a work of art for its permanent collection.
Volunteers who commit themselves to the work of the Guild are just as important as financial contributions. We have flourished under the leadership of 46 Museum Guild presidents who have led our boards and hundreds of dedicated Guild members in efforts that have been vital in making the Museum a wonderful place of learning and enjoyment.