Letter from the Director – Fall

Dear WMA Members and Friends,

As we come to the end of a very busy summer at the museum, I hope that you had a chance to visit us during one of our many programs or events.

We hosted over 330 students during summer camps this year and have been planning new classes and workshops for the upcoming school year. In an effort to better connect visitors with the museum’s collection and exhibitions, youth and adult classes now feature an in-depth look at what’s on display at WMA, learning about the artists and their work before crafting their own masterpieces in similar styles and mediums. As we look ahead to the new school year, we are also preparing for a new year of Bus on Us. If you know a Dothan City or Houston County teacher, remind them that we provide free transportation for students to visit the museum on field trip.

The permanent collection at the Wiregrass Museum of Art is the basis for many of our programs and activities. We often teach with the collection, as mentioned above, using the stories, techniques, and styles to create cross curricular lessons for area educators to use in the classroom. Did you know that we also use the collection to inform our exhibitions schedule –  exploring and expanding on the knowledge we have about artists and their peers?

This quarter, we are working with the Alabama Women’s Caucus for Art (ALWCA), based in Huntsville, Alabama, to exhibit work based on the museum’s diverse holdings. Our collection is a resource for students, researchers, and artists, and members of ALWCA have made selections from our permanent collection in order to create new work inspired by and in conversation with those works in the collection. Featuring over 20 artists, Echoes: A response to objects in WMA’s permanent collection by the Alabama Women’s Caucus for Art highlights the important work of museums in preserving and interpreting a permanent collection for generations to come.

Your membership to WMA each year supports the care of our permanent collection, as well as the many programs and events we hold for the public. Remember, admission is always free. We hope to see you soon, and often. Bring a friend!


Dana-Marie Lemmer

Director and Curator

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.

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.

Terms and Conditions

The Wiregrass Museum of Art reserves the right to photograph and reproduce chosen works publication, publicity, and educational purposes. Participation in this exhibition shall be an agreement on the part of the artist to these conditions. The museum reserves the right to exclude works submitted without appropriate preparation (documentation, mounting hardware, suitable frame/mat, etc.), or which are damaged or incomplete. The museum is not responsible for the safekeeping of any works left in its care ninety (90) days after the close of the exhibition.

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Mask Policy

WMA asks that all campers ages 5 and up wear a mask during their museum visit, including classes and camps. If you don’t have a mask, we can provide one for you. Exceptions can be made for those with documented respiratory or sensory issues. We thank you for protecting your fellow visitors and our staff!

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