Gifts To The Museum

Since 1978, The Women’s Committee has raised and granted in excess of $13 million to The Philadelphia Museum of Art. Proceeds are given to the museum through an annual Grant Review process. The Women’s Committee invites each department within the Museum to submit requests. Members of the committee study each proposal, and the entire membership meets to discuss, review and vote on the requests.

Proceeds granted to the museum support a wide variety of projects, such as the family friendly summer program Art Splash and Veterans Empowered Through Art (V.E.T. Art), a partnership with the museum and the Veterans Empowerment Center of Philadelphia. Monies raised have provided financial support for educational programs, special exhibitions, conservation, and the purchase of works of craft art for the permanent collection. State-of-the-art equipment has been provided to the museum’s conservation department, to the library and to the department of photography. Internships have been subsidized, catalogues have been underwritten, and special undertakings, such as the reinstallation of galleries, have been supported.

In addition, the committee supplies funding for continuing education for the three Museum Guide programs and supports the maintenance and renovations of the historic Park Houses in Fairmont Park.  Works of art have been purchased for the museum’s collections, and each year a percentage of the Craft Show proceeds are set aside in a fund specifically created for the purchase of an important craft to add to the museum’s permanent collection.

The Women’s Committee has pledged to contribute to several funds to help ensure the growth and vitality of the Museum:

  • The Henry McIlhenny Fund. $590,470
  • The Robert Scott Montgomery Fund for Special Exhibitions. $500,000
  • The 2001 Campaign Fund. $500,000
  • The 2014-2018 Campaign Commitment. $250,000

Special Exhibitions partially supported by the Women’s Committee in the last ten years include:

  • Designs for a Different Future (2019) $100,000
  • Fabulous Fashion: From Dior’s New Look to Now (2018) $100,000
  • Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection (2017) $100,000
  • Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910-1950 (2016) $100,000
  • International Pop (2016) $100,000
  • Paul Durand-Ruel (2014) $100,000
  • Leger (2013) $100,000
  • Dancing Around the Bride (2012) $100,000
  • Van Gogh Up Close (2011) $100,000
  • Capucci (2010) $100,000
  • Renoir: After Impressionism (2010) $100,000

Examples of department requests underwritten by the Women’s Committee in the past few years:

  • Veterans Empowered Through Art (VET Art). Education & Company Engagement
  • Wayfinding Signage supporting Museum Renovation. Membership & Visitor Services
  • Work Study Partnership with Cristo Rey High School. Human Resources
  • Armor and Animals Children’s Publication. Publication & Education
  • Processing the Papers of Distinguished Woman at the PMA. Library & Archives
  • South Asian Art Gallery Reinstallation. South Asian Art
  • Ink and Gold: Art of Kano catalogue printing costs. Publications Department
  • ArtSplash Family Program. Education Department
  • Strand Exhibition support. Photography
  • WIFI access. Information Services
  • Cedar Grove electrical. Facilities
  • Art 24/7. Information Services
  • Conservation Photography Studio Upgrade. Conservation
  • Digital Asset Management System. Information Services
  • High definition video camera. Audio Visual Department
  • Refurbishing Armor teaching materials. Education Department
  • Support for the Julien Levy Film Program. Prints, Drawings and Photographs Department
  • Mechanical systems for Mt. Pleasant. Facilities and Operations Department
  • Renovation of the accessible entrance. Facilities and Operations Department
  • Renovation of the Rodin Museum Garden.
  • Summer Internship programs. Education Department
  • Reupholstering of furniture. American Art Department
  • Microscope upgrade attachment. Conservation Department
  • Contract conservator. Asian Department
  • Pre-school programs. Education Department
  • Research, Faces of Aviokiteshvara. Indian and Himalayan Department
  • Infrared reflectography equipment. Conservation Department
  • Grace Kelly Wedding Dress catalogue. Publications Department
  • African American Art. Publications Department