Letter from the Director – Spring 2022
Dear Friends and Members,
A member recently told me, “WMA is the place to be these days”, and I couldn’t agree more!
With thousands of school students coming through our doors, the museum feels as lively as ever. First Saturday Family Day is also back in person, with close to 150 people attending last month. We have a full roster of classes and workshops each month, and a visiting artist series that brings artists from across the region to WMA to work directly with our community. We’ve marked a full return for a number of our programs and we couldn’t be more excited to see you all at the museum.
After wrapping up a busy Youth Art Month – with over 150 works of art from students at 31 schools and organizations – we’re turning our attention to summer. Registration is live for classes and camps like mixed media explorations and stop motion animation; and scholarships are available for all seven camp offerings! We also expect to work with community partners to provide access to the museum and quality education to even more student groups this year.
New exhibitions opening this month include The Eye of a Needle: Sonya Yong James, traveling from the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, and Exquisite Disorientation, a solo exhibition of work by Sarah Marshall. Both exhibitions feature fiber-based works – James with felted wool and found objects, and Marshall as a canvas for hand dyed and printed imagery. Also on display this quarter is The Witch Doctor’s Chapel by Huntsville based artist Sara Bowen, and the annual Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama.
Demand is on the rise for the unique experiences WMA offers in the Wiregrass. Our ability to do that work is because of the support of our membership. As a thank you for your continued support of WMA and our mission, we are introducing new membership benefits this month, including discounts at the shop, unique travel opportunities with our team, and a reciprocal program that gives you access to thousands of other museums across the country.
We also have a number of new events we’ll be introducing later this year, but first, we hope to see you at One Night Only, our exclusive members-only party, on May 5th!
All the best,
Executive Director and Curator