Gallery Council

The Gallery Council is a volunteer organization that serves the Memorial Art Gallery by organizing special events to raise funds in support of the visual arts. It is the largest single annual donor to MAG.

Gallery Council celebrates 80 Years

Since it was founded in 1940, the Gallery Council has contributed over $3 million to the MAG. The money the Gallery Council raises supports art acquisitions and conservation, scholarships for children to attend the Creative Workshop, and underwriting MAG exhibitions and special publications. Most recently, the Gallery Council is also the series sponsor for our Family and Community Celebration Days.  learn more


2020-21 Gallery Council Board

President: Bonnie Voll
Vice President for Future Planning and Development: Pam Foye
Associate Vice President for Future Planning and Development: Joanna Grosodonia
Vice President for Membership: Joanne Frolich
Associate Vice President for Membership: Margie Spence
Administrative Treasurer/Finance Committee Chair: Bev Pickering
Project Treasurers/Finance Committee Co-Chairs: Shirley Eberly and Lee Foster
Recording Secretary: Janice Linehan
Corresponding Secretary: Jodi Shea
Art Tours Co-Chairs: Michelle Turner and Katherine Cove
Communications/Web Liaison: Alyson Grossman
Docent Vice-Chairperson: Ellie Stauffer
Hospitality Chair: Geralyn Sears
Nominating Committee Chair (Past President): Pamela Miller Ness
Program Committee Co-Chairs: Susan Senise and Julie Reynolds
Store Steering Committee Chair: Lois Sumberg


Gallery Council volunteers

Gallery Council members organize two major annual fundraising events:

  • Art & Treasures Sale: a sale of gently used original art, china, crystal, silver and jewelry, as well as a wide range of household items.
  • Fine Craft Show & Sale: a juried event that features one-of-a-kind and limited-edition work by 40+ master craft artists from across the country.

Art Lovers’ Travel

Artist Studio visit
The Gallery Council Art Tours Committee organizes art lovers’ trips to many interesting places. Most are one-, two-, or three-day excursions, and all benefit MAG. Shown above is a studio visit to Mendon, NY artist, Mary Taylor.
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Why become involved

The Council provides members the opportunity to:
Memorial Art Gallery

  • Use and develop their special skills and expertise by providing a wide range of challenging leadership and volunteer activities;
  • Enhance their own knowledge and appreciation of the arts through its programs, art related travel opportunities, and other activities;
  • Socialize and work with people of diverse backgrounds who share a common interest in promoting the visual arts.
  • See our 2020/21 programs
  • Make a donation to the Gallery Council

How to join

Anyone who is a member of the Memorial Art Gallery and who has the time and energy to invest is invited to apply for Gallery Council membership. As members of the Memorial Art Gallery, Council members help the Gallery provide wonderful art and programs to the community. For more information, click here or email Gallery Council Office, call 585.276.8910.


Contact the Council | Call 585-276-8910 | Email us at gallerycouncil@mag.rochester.edu