Friends of UE Art

The mission of this organization is to provide support and encouragement to the University's Department of Art through membership dues and gifts as well as to promote special events, exhibits, and other departmental activities.

The Friends of UE Art is composed of a group of community and campus leaders who serve as enthusiastic and dedicated Department of Art advocates. Through its membership and activities, the organization seeks to increase public awareness and maximize the impact of the University of Evansville Department of Art. Chief among these activities are support for the exhibits in the Krannert Gallery and the Melvin Peterson Gallery.

Some of the tangible support in the past has been:

  • Hosting receptions for art exhibits and artists’ presentations at the Melvin Peterson Gallery.
  • Funding capital improvements to the Melvin Peterson Gallery including a new floor and furniture.
  • Underwriting the Friends of UE Art Gallery Student Assistantship.
  • Funding Freshman Achievement Award given to a returning sophomore art student.
  • Subsidizing student travel. Notably the Guatemala ChangeLab Project.
  • Sponsoring the Purchase Award of the Best in Show artwork in the Annual Student Art Show.


  • Joseph Flauto, President
  • Brooksie Smith, Vice President
  • Janice Greene, Secretary
  • Steven Worthington, Treasurer
  • Todd Matteson, Art Department Chair
  • Carol McCraney, Art Department Administrative Assistant 
  • Corliss Chastain, Gallery Director
  • Amy Musia
  • Joni Mathews
  • Dawm Murtaugh
  • Joyce Powell
  • Connie McConaughy
  • Melvin Peterson, Honorary Lifetime Member

Membership Levels

For as little as $50 you can join many community members in supporting Friends of UE Art.

Membership levels table
Krannert Circle $1000
Patron $500
Donor $250
Sustainer $100
Friend $50