Friends of Art was established in 1921 as an independent non-profit organization to promote the study of art and to support the Muskegon Museum of Art. The Friends of Art group offers an on-going guest lecture program and occasional visits to off-site cultural institutions.

Meetings and programs typically take place on the third Wednesday morning of the months of October, November, March, April and May.

Evening lecture opportunities are offered through the ArtSmarts series in fall and spring.

Membership dues are used for morning programs and operational expenses. Donations are used to purchase gifts for the museum, most especially works of art. The Friends of Art organization provides a monetary award for the annual Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition, support for the Festival of Trees and the annual Gala, and various physical improvements.

A Muskegon Museum of Art membership is prerequisite to joining the Friends of Art. Basic membership in Friends of Art is $25, with benevolent memberships above that level.


2020 Spring Friends of Art Programs

CANCELED: ArtSmarts Lecture Series: Public Art Transforming Urban Landscapes

Friends of Art is unable to offer programs while the museum is closed.

Morning Programs

Friends of Art morning programs are free and open to the public. Paid admission is required for gallery entrance.

Creativity and Its Impact on Everyday Life

Speaker: Christopher Bruce
Wednesday, May 20, 10:30 am
Christopher Bruce, Education Director at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, will explore creativity’s role in society today and discuss its various functions not only from the view of a museum, but also from the perspective of everyday living. Learn tips and tricks to become more creative and discover how living a more creative life can lead to a happier life.