General Membership Meetings 2017-2018

The Brooks League General Membership meets in the Hohenberg Auditorium on the first Friday of each month unless otherwise indicated. Meetings begin at 10:30 AM.                                                                                               

  • September 1
  • October 6
  • November 3
  • December 1 (Holiday Luncheon – Chickasaw Country Club - Members and guests welcome! The cost is $30/person)
  • February 2
  • March
  • April 6
  • May 4 (Luncheon and Installation of Officers for 2018-19 - Members and guests welcome! Details to be announced.)

Please note: December and May meetings are not held at the museum. There is no meeting in January as the membership prepares for the Mid-South Scholastic Art Competition.

League Meeting Guest Speakers

September 2017

Brooks Museum Chief Curator and Curator of American, Modern and Contemporary Art, Marina Pacini will speak about the just concluded “Unwrapped! 100 Gifts for 100 Years” exhibition, her interest in modern and contemporary art, and provide and overview of some of the upcoming exhibitions and events at the Brooks this year.

October 2017

“The Brooks League: Eighty-Four Years of Service and Support” - A presentation and docent lead tour revolving around programs, exhibitions, and art pieces procured through the support of Brooks League members. (The newest Brooks League sponsored exhibition, “Drawing Memory: Essence of Memphis,” a mural painted by Nigerian American artist Victor Ekpuk, will be featured on this tour.)

November 2017

Brooks Museum Curator of European Paintings and Decorative Arts, Stanton Thomas will speak about the new modern sculpture exhibition at the Brooks titled “Coming To America: Lachaise, Laurent, Nadelman, and Zorach.”

December 2017

Holiday Luncheon at Chickasaw Country Club- no speaker

January 2018

Mid-South Scholastics Art Competition preparation – no meeting

February 2018

A Gallery Tour of Mid-South Scholastics Gold Key Art

March 2018

Tom Lee, a member of Decorative Art Trust (DAT) will offer insight on this Brooks Museum support group. He will speak about its history, DAT supported programs, and some of the decorative art pieces DAT has contributed to the museum over the years. (After this meeting, a short docent lead tour visiting a few of these items will be offered for those interested.)

April 2018

Brooks Museum Executive Director, Emily Neff, will recap the 2017-18 Brooks Museum year and address exhibitions and events that will be coming to the Brooks for the 2018-2019 season.

May 2018

End of the Year Luncheon and Installation of Officers – no speaker (venue to be announced)

Pinot's Palette Painting Party!

Don't miss out on the fun!  Mark you calendars for Wednesday, October 11 from 2-4pm when we meet at Pinots’ Palette for a League painting party!   There will be wine and soda available as well as SNACKS!  The cost is $35 for the two-hour session where we get to show off our creativity and paint our masterpieces! All materials will be supplied.  If you’ve done this before you know how much fun a painting party can be.  If you haven’t done this before, don’t miss the opportunity to share some food, wine, and laughter with your fellow League members.  Even better, bring a friend and let them meet the League!  Please let Pat Westland know if you are attending.  You can send your $35 check made out to the Brooks League (memo "Art Party") to Pat, or pay at the October meeting. Refer to our September newsletter for further details.

"Tea and Tour" Dates

November 2, 2017 and March 1, 2018  - Area senior citizens join docent lead tours of a current exhibit with Brooks League members serving tea and sweets after in the Terrace Room.  Call the Brooks Museum for further details.

Mid-South Scholastic Arts Competition Awards Ceremony - Saturday Feb. 10, 2018

This year the Brooks Museum League is entering into it's fifty-second year of sponsoring and presenting the Mid-South Scholastic Arts Awards annual juried art exhibition for students in grades 7-12, recognizing their outstanding achievements in the visual arts.  Judging takes place through a blind judging process involving a panel of artists art educators, and other arts professionals, and is done completely digitally. Regional winners are eligible for scholarships and cash prizes, are part of the exhibition at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, and have their work sent to New York City for national judging. For more information on the competition, call or email the Brooks Education Department at 901-544-6243 or  Volunteers are needed to help with the awards program in February and should contact League member Margaret Cardwell at 901-262-1166 for more information.  Interested in donating to this year's award and scholarship fund?  Please contact Mid-South Scholastic Scholarship Co-Chair Connie Kapner at 901-755-5970 or

Spring Fundraiser - April 2018

Something fun is in the air!  This year's fundraiser will be in support of the Mid-South Scholastic Arts Competition 2019 and the Brooks Museum of Art. Details to be announced.