KAM Council


(L to R) Outgoing KAM Council President Lisa Kocheril, Museum Director Jon Seydl, Incoming KAM Council President Sharon Williams. Photo by Julia Nucci Kelly, 2019.
(L to R) Outgoing KAM Council President Lisa Kocheril, Museum Director Jon Seydl, Incoming KAM Council President Sharon Williams. Photo by Julia Nucci Kelly, 2019.

The Krannert Art Museum council is the museum's volunteer support group, open to all museum members. Established in 1964 to assist the museum with its activities and programs, the Council has its own by-laws, committees, and governing board of officers.


Council members work closely with others who share an interest in art, and they expand the museum's outreach to the community. 

See how KAM Council can magnify your KAM experiences! The Council provides opportunities to Be involved, Be Inspired, Be Informed and Be Indulged: 

Council Members Jane Myers and Brice Hutchraft enjoy the summer Garden Party, 2019


Volunteer in the Gelvin Gardens
Be a part of a KAMC team that maintains the Gelvin Gardens, which director Jon Seydl calls "the first gallery of the museum", while forming bonds with others who enjoy gardening.

Make New Friends at KAMC Mixers
Meet in a member’s home to exchange personal interests in art, often connected to an exhibition at KAM, while enjoying refreshments, getting to know other members, and building friendships.

Join in Art Conversations
Meet in a member’s home for a presentation, usually connected to a KAM exhibition, by a person knowledgeable about art, and for wine, food, and time to socialize with other members.

Share Your Thoughts at Noon Art Sparks at KAM
Hear at least two art enthusiasts exchange ideas about a work of art shown at KAM. Your responses, sparked though their dialogue, can be shared with others as you eat your lunch in the Link Gallery.

Gather at KAMC Luncheons
Come to our Spring and Fall luncheons while you gather with fellow art enthusiasts and supporters of the museum at artfully decorated tables to learn something new about art at the University of Illinois and in the community.

Participate in the Mom's Weekend Art Raffle
On U of I Mom's Weekend encourage visitors to the campus to explore KAM and view art work, which talented members have donated for a Raffle Fundraiser whose proceeds are used to fund the activities of the Council

Enjoy the Elegant Acquired Taste Celebration
Attend the museum's new gala fundraiser where you can not only enjoy lavish wine, food, and music but also cast votes for works of art to be added to the museum collection.


To Become A KAM Council Member

Becoming a Council member is easy.

First, if you're not already, become a museum member.

Then, send your Council dues ($50 annually) with your name, address, and contact information (phone/email) to: 

KAM Council
c/o Krannert Art Museum
500 E. Peabody Drive
Champaign, IL 61820

If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to call the museum at 217 244 0516 or email the council.

Krannert Art Museum Council Officers

Board | 2021-2022

Sharon Williams

Vice President
Kim Wurl

Rhonda Fallon

Assistant Treasurer
Mary Beth Kurasek

Recording Secretary/Communications 
Melissa Merli

Corresponding Secretary 
Diane Schumacher

Museum Council Liaison
Chris Schaede


Committee Chairs | 2021-2022

Cecile Steinberg

Art Conversations
Brice Hutchcraft, Brenda Nardi

Calling Committee
Margaret Maguire

Mary Kay Dailey, Mary Beth Kurasek, Rhonda Fallon, Chris Schaede

Brice Hutchcraft

Lisa Kocheril

Gelvin Gardens
Gloria Rainer

Susan Feuille

Debbie Eichelberger, Nancy Johnson

Karen Devine

Nominating Committee
Executive Board and Appointees

Sharon Williams

Sharon Williams

Public Relations
John Bennett

Unsung Hero
Donna Giertz


Acquired Taste Celebration

Co chairs:
Lisa Kocheril
Kim Wurl

Floral and Table design:
Karen Devine
Debbie Eichelberger

Susan Feuille
Lori Hunt
Brice Hutchcraft
Mary Beth Kurasek