Become a Friend

Join the Friends of the Palmer Museum of Art

Engage in an ever-changing array of exhibitions and programs. Explore a host of cultures. Entertain the notion that art is alive with possibilities. Excite your visual sense and soul in a place devoted to the serene, the stimulating, and the very special.

Originally opened in 1972, the museum underwent a major renovation and expansion in 1993. With its eleven galleries, the Palmer Museum showcases its permanent collection and provides a lively schedule of changing exhibitions. Since 1973, the Friends have provided funds for education programs and for more than fifty acquisitions.

The Palmer Museum of Art engages, explores, entertains, and excites. And we prefer to do this in good company—your company—with your support and your friendship. The museum is best judged by the company it keeps.

By becoming a Friend of the Palmer Museum of Art, you will enjoy opportunities to meet others who share your passion for the arts and receive special savings and benefits available only to Friends.

You will be supporting programs that enrich the lives of children and adults alike, acquisitions of exciting artworks for the museum, and a vital, free-admission resource for our community and region.

So don't let the Palmer go it alone. Be a Friend.

Membership Benefits

As a Friend of the Palmer Museum of Art, you will enjoy these special benefits for one year:

  • A 10 percent discount on items purchased at our Museum Store (excluding consignment items)
  • Invitations to "members only" events celebrating art, such as private openings of special exhibitions
  • The most up-to-date information about activities surrounding each new exhibition
  • Palmer Museum of Art newsletter and calendar of events
  • An invitation to the Friends' annual meeting and Purchase Party

Membership Categories

  • Student $10-$34
  • Individual $35-$59
  • Family/Household $60-$99
  • Sustaining $100-$299
  • Benefactor $300-$599

    • All benefits listed plus: 
An additional 10 percent discount (20 percent total) on items purchased from our Museum Store (excluding consignment items)
  • Sponsor $600-$999
    • All Benefactor benefits plus:
 Two complimentary tickets to the annual Friends Gala
  • Director's Circle $1,000 and more
    • All Sponsor benefits plus:
 Recognition on donor board in museum lobby and private director's tour for invited guests

A 10 percent membership discount is available to those 60 and older.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you would like to purchase a Friends membership as a gift, please DO NOT use the online system; instead, please call Amber Krieg, associate director of membership and donor relations, at 814-863-9191 or email

TAX INFORMATION: Student, Individual, Family/Household, Sustaining, and Benefactor level memberships are eligible for a full tax consideration. Sponsor and Director's Circle members' tax-deductible donations will be reduced by the value of annual Friends Gala tickets received ($115 each). If you do not wish to accept the tickets so that your membership will be eligible for a full tax consideration, please let us know by calling the museum office at 814-865-7673 or email

Friends of the Palmer Museum Print and Drawing Study Club

Take a closer look at prints, drawings, photographs, and other works on paper in the museum's permanent collection by joining the Print and Drawing Study Club. A series of programs held each year will offer club members an in-depth introduction to the myriad of processes and techniques involved in printmaking, drawing, watercolor, and photography through a close examination, led by the museum's director and curators, of the Palmer's rich collection of works on paper. Members will additionally be afforded the opportunity to meet artists and dealers, visit print studios, and participate in special trips to view collections and special exhibitions.

The Print and Drawing Study Club is open to all members of the Friends of the Palmer Museum of Art. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.