Friends of the Richmond Center

Since the founding of the Richmond Center for Visual Arts in 2007, members of the Friends affiliate group have created our core off-campus community, spread news about RCVA to wider audiences, and shared the excitement of our events, exhibitions, and vision for the future. Friends of the Richmond Center also provide integral financial support by sponsoring exhibition previews and receptions, and helping to offset the costs of exhibition production. 

Members of the RCVA Friends affiliate group directly support the Richmond Center’s mission to act as an anchor for the presentation and interpretation of contemporary art and design on the campus of Western Michigan University, within the city of Kalamazoo, and throughout the southwest Michigan area. 

Each membership in the Friends of the Richmond Center for Visual Arts helps underwrite production costs for exhibitions that feature national and international artists, as well as regional artists, faculty, and students. Friend members provide integral support for educational programming and cultural events as well as wages for student gallery assistants who are essential to RCVA’s day to day operations.

Exhibitions at the Richmond Center for Visual Art strengthen the pulse of Kalamazoo’s rich arts community. This past year alone, RCVA has featured an exhibitions highlighting contemporary South African art, established New York City artists, as well as beloved regional artists with prodigious careers.

Along with students and faculty of WMU’s Frostic School of Art and the University at large, the Friends of the Richmond Center represent our primary constituency—from those curious about contemporary art and its social, political or cultural role, to individuals who value the art of our time as essential to one’s lifelong growth, education, and the overall vitality of our community.

Membership perks are broad and varied but include exhibition previews and receptions, lectures, behind the scenes tours of the Frostic School of Art and the Richmond Center, ticket discounts at the Gilmore Theatre Complex, private artist-led tours, and invitations to artist talks.

Membership 

In 2017, on the occasion of the our 10th anniversary year, we are pleased to debut changes that expand the Friends of the Richmond Center experience. Membership benefits now include tours of exhibitions and the University Art Collection, 25% off ticket purchases at the Gilmore Theatre Complex, special studio visits with artists, public recognition of your donation, and the opportunity to use our atrium space, among other perks.

For the first time in ten years, membership dues have increased and although we no longer offer the opportunity to join as a “Friend for Life,” such members will retain their status indefinitely. RCVA “Friend for Life” members are exactly what their title states, and your support remains vital to establishing our Center as a dynamic and diverse contemporary art space.

WMU Employees + Seniors (55+): $35
Invitations to preview openings and artist lectures 

Friend: $55
Invitations to preview openings and artist lectures
+ guided tour of exhibitions and highlights from the University Art Collection
 
Friend + one: $75
All of the above
 
Donor: $150
All of the above
+ 25% off on ticket purchases at the Gilmore Theatre Complex
 
Patron: $200 - $999
All of the above benefits
+ special visits to the studios of regional artists
+ behind the scenes tours of the Richmond Center for Visual Arts and the Frostic School of Art
 
Best Friend Benefactor: $1,000 - $1,999
All of the above benefits
+ your name listed on our front entry wall above the Richmond Center’s welcome desk for one year
 
Inner Circle Investor: $2,000 or above
All of the above benefits
+ the opportunity to use the Richmond Center atrium space for an event of your choosing

Membership application form

Board members

Officers

  • President: Elaine Seaman
  • Treasurer: Jeffrey Long

Members

  • Gordon Bolar
  • Ron Boyd
  • James Cupper
  • Linda Dunn
  • Maryellen Hains
  • Nancy Trimble Kern
  • Beth McCann
  • Nancy Payne
  • Helene Reish
  • Denise Richards
  • Michaline Sinkula
  • Wendi Sullivan
  • Sharon Williams

Honorary Members

  • Jim and Lois Richmond

Faculty Liaisons

  • Christina Chin
  • Ginger Owen

Frostic School of Art Director

  • Tricia Hennessy*

*denotes non-voting member

Director of Exhibitions

  • Indra Lācis

Ex-officio members

  • Bob Brown
  • Susan Brown
  • Don Desmett
  • Bob DeVries
  • Eleanor DeVries
  • Gail Kasdorf
  • Tom Kasdorf
  • Margaret Merrion
  • Jane Todd
  • John Todd
  • Phil VanderWeg
  • Tricia Hennessy