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,

Dana-Marie Lemmer
Executive 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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