Promoting a better understanding of modern and contemporary art

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Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art (FMCA), the museum’s oldest auxiliary, supports and enhances the DIA’s James Pearson Duffy Department of Contemporary Art in the following ways:

·       Promoting a better understanding of modern and contemporary art

·       Creating fund-raising initiatives for the purchase of important new works of art in diverse mediums. 

The FMCA has commissioned several works from leading contemporary artists, including Yoko Ono and Robert Morris, available to the public for purchase. To learn more about what is available, please contact Tarya Stanford at the Detroit Institute of Arts at 313.833.4020 or

There are many benefits to being an FMCA member, which include:

  • Lectures that bring today’s best artists, critics and historians to the Museum
  • Artalks allows access to the homes of prominent art collectors in the Region and opportunity for visits to artist residences and Educational tours of public art.
  • Opportunities to participate in organized trips to other cities to view Premiere collections.

Annual membership dues are listed below. In order to be eligible for membership in the Associates of the American Wing, you must be a member of The Detroit Institute of Arts.

Membership Dues
Membership Level Annual Dues  
 Individual  $50  Join/Renew
 Dual/Family   $100  Join/Renew
 Patron  $250  Join/Renew
 Contributor  $500  Join/Renew
 Benefactor  $1,000  Join/Renew
 Major Benefactor  $2,000  Join/Renew


Chair: James Luckey   

Vice Chair: Gretchen Davidson

Secretary: Linda Watson

Secretary: Paul Jacobs 

Treasurer: Nick Difazio 


Jane Burton

Gayle Camden 

Alan Kaufman 

Gerhardt Knodel 

Andrea Morganroth

Allan Nachman

Lisa Nederlander

Izegbe N’Namdi 

Sandra Seligman 

Nedda Shayota

Lila Silverman 

Wendy Silverman

Michael Stone-Richards 

April Wagner


Laurie Ann Farrell, Curator and Department Head

Taylor Aldridge, Assistant Curator

Lucy Mensah, Assistant Curator 

Kelly Johnston, Administrative Assistant 

Alison Piech, Development Liaison