Moss Society

The Morrie A. Moss Society is composed of individuals who are exceptionally committed to the vision and the legacy of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. 

Moss Society members provide vital financial support to the dynamic work of the Brooks, including funding for special exhibitions, educational and outreach programs, new acquisitions, conservation, and more. Members commit to annual unrestricted membership gifts of $5,000 or greater.

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Since 1990, members have given their resources in support of the Brooks Museum’s mission. Society members set an example for others through their generosity and museum involvement. As a member of the Moss Society, you can help ensure the long-term vitality and extraordinary impact of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.

The Society is named for Morrie A. Moss, a Memphis businessman and philanthropist who actively supported the Brooks and eventually donated a considerable art collection to the museum. Mr. Moss was an enthusiastic advocate for the arts, believing art education to be of critical importance in a civilized society and a cornerstone of personal development.

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art invites you to join the Moss Society and become part of this influential circle of donors. As a Society member, you will receive numerous benefits, including an invitation to the spectacular annual Society Dinner and other exclusive activities throughout the year.

Your membership in the Moss Society aids the museum as we continue to grow and fulfill our vision: Transforming lives through the power of art.

About Morrie A. Moss

In October 1992, the Board of Trustees of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art established the Morrie A. Moss Society to honor the civic and cultural philanthropy of the late Mr. Moss. With a charter membership of forty-six, including Mr. Moss himself, the Society has come to exemplify a commitment to the preservation and creation of excellence in the visual arts.

In combining business acumen and generous philanthropy, Morrie A. Moss had no equal in his lifetime in Memphis. Arriving in 1932, he captained several corporations and served on many boards of directors. Until his death in 1993, he and his late wife Lillian made significant donations to countless institutions and individuals.

The Brooks was singled out because of the museum’s dedication to high standards in acquisitions and education that closely matched Mr. Moss’s own collecting and continued learning. In addition to continued financial support and the donation of an extraordinary assortment of Old Masters, British Portraits, and French 19th-century Decorative Arts, Mr. Moss also demonstrated his commitment to the Brooks by allowing the Moss Society to be established during his lifetime, thus giving it a unique endorsement.



2014 Moss Dinner 

Moss Dinner