Memphis, TN 38112
The Brooks Museum League supports the Memphis Brooks Museum and its programs and promotes education in the fine arts throughout the Memphis community.
Founded in 1933, the Brooks Museum League, from its inception, has focused on the education of children in the fine arts by bringing art to the local schools and bringing school children to the Museum for art classes. This work became the nucleus for the Saturday School at the Memphis Academy of Art, presently the Memphis College of Art. Continuing its community outreach efforts, the League sponsored a Mid-South Exhibition of Art, a juried show for regional artists. In 1966 the League’s attention turned to the youth of the city and the Mid-South with the first annual Junior Mid-South Exhibition, a juried show for young school students. This affiliation eventually developed into the Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards, one of the League’ major outreach programs to target youth.
In addition, the League has been instrumental in enhancing the Museum’s offerings and experiences. This has resulted in the establishment of its gift shop, The Docent Program, and Art Works. Numerous League contributions have been made to the Museum in the form of donations to fund special exhibitions, additions to the permanent collections, publication of catalogues, and the restoration and maintenance of all aspects of the museum as a major cultural institution in the Memphis community. In most recent years, the League has been identified with two major fundraiser projects that have provided substantive funding for the art education programs and other projects at the Museum: The Decorator’s Show House and Celebrities on Canvas.
Next year, 2013, will mark the 80th anniversary of the Brooks Museum League. Having been dedicated to aiding the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, the League has given over one million dollars in unrestricted grants via its aforementioned programs, its donation of paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and photographs. This philanthropic legacy has created a volunteer base that throughout the years has generously given its time, skills, and contributions to support art education at the Museum.
President Yvonne Robinson Jones
First Vice President Anne Thompson
Second Vice President Mary Louise Gaerig
Recording Secretary Barbara Tiscia
Corresponding Secretary Rene De Rossitt
Treasurer Sandy Followell
Assistant Treasurer Kitty Sting
Parliamentarian Sara Folis
President’s Advisor Kay Clark
Fence of Honor Pat Westland
Finance Kitty Sting
Fundraiser Mary Lou Gaerig
Gifts and Memorials Eartha Reeves
Landscape Katherine Godoy
Luncheon Betsy Osten
Mailing Margaret Cardwell
Mid-South Scholastic Maureen Conley
New Member Joan Ray
Newsletter Helen Heehs
Nominating Mary Lou Gaerig
Program Janet Wood
Publicity Shirley Cobbins
Special Events Mary Belenchia
Tea and Tour Barbara Gatti
Technology Michael Varner
Yearbook Evonne Henderson
Memphis, TN 38112