Mission

The Wiregrass Museum of Art inspires a lifelong appreciation for the visual arts by providing innovative educational programs that engage diverse audiences through the collection and exhibition of quality works.

Vision

As a cultural anchor, the Wiregrass Museum of Art inspires creativity to enhance the everyday lives of its community and leads the regional conversation on the importance of the arts.

Core Values

Power of Art / Inspiration / Creativity
We believe in the transformative experience of art and are dedicated to providing our audience with exceptional experiences of direct contact with unique objects and works of art through access to our collections and diverse exhibition schedule. These works of art are at the core of the museum’s identity.

Excellence and Leadership/Professionalism
We believe in treating all visitors and colleagues with respect and will strive for best practices in all we do. Creative expression is central to how we plan, teach, and face adversity.

Integrity
We believe that we are accountable for the care and preservation of the collections and all objects entrusted to us. We stand for our values in making difficult decisions and will maintain accountability to our donors through good stewardship of donations and generous giving.

Excellence in Education
We believe in a welcoming environment for all to learn. We will provide life-changing educational experiences through research and direct interactions with visual art. We will encourage lifelong learning and a diverse student body to express new and challenging ideas at every age.

Museum Staff

The Museum Staff works tirelessly to ensure the access to the best art possible. Please let us know what’s on your mind.

Dana-Marie Lemmer

Director and Curator
dlemmer@wiregrassmuseum.org

Lara Kosolapoff-Wright

Communications Manager
lara@wiregrassmuseum.org

Robin Johnston

Special Projects Administrator
info@wiregrassmuseum.org

Melissa Rea

Development Director
mrea@wiregrassmuseum.org

Amanda Holcomb

Art Educator
education@wiregrassmuseum.org

Brook McGinnis

Art Educator
brook@wiregrassmuseum.org

Board of Trustees

The Museum is grateful to all of its supporters, including its Board of Trustees.

Mike Owen – President

Collins Trott – Vice President

Jennifer Scheetz – Secretary

Vimal Patel – Treasurer

Andy Gosselin – Past President

Judy Harris

Whit Huskey

William Nichols

Beverly Leach

Adam O’Brien

Dan Johnson

Destiny Oliver

Sharla Jones

Meagan Dorsey

Destiny Hosmer

Claudia Hall

Mayor Mark SalibaEx Officio

Kevin Cowper – Ex Officio

Financial Reports

Financial Report (2014)
Financial Report (2015)
Financial Report (2016)
Financial Report (2017)

Annual Reports

Annual Report (2018)
Annual Report (2017)

Youth Art Education Policy

Outside of tours, family days, and open house events, individuals who are not enrolled in a class are not allowed in WMA classrooms except by written permission of the Executive Director. Parents may not join children in the classroom during instruction times in order to ensure an atmosphere conductive to creativity. It is important to limit the number of adults to keep the focus on the kids, their learning, and to accommodate limited seating in the studio. Parents are welcome to stay in the museum during class but must remain outside of the classroom during instruction time.

Museum educators are experienced in creating positive learning environments for all ages and are required to go through a background check to ensure the safety of our students. Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit the studio at the end of class to see what their child has created. All docents and volunteers working with children are also required to go through background checks.

Thank you for understanding our policy and priority on the safety and well-being of participating students.

Throughout the year, WMA will host “Meet the Educator” days where parents and their children can come to the classroom to meet the instructor before beginning classes and camps. 2019’s schedule is as follows: January 30 from 4pm-6pm, May 29 from 4pm-6pm, and August 28 from 4pm-6pm.

Refund Policy

The Wiregrass Museum of Art may cancel any class with insufficient enrollment; students will be notified and given a full refund. If a student withdraws at least 1 week before the class begins, he/she will be refunded for the full cost of the class. If a student withdraws 24 hours before the class begins, he/she will be refunded for half the cost of the class. There are no refunds after the start date of class, and membership fees are nonrefundable. Students are not enrolled until complete payment is received.