Gifts To The Museum

Since 1978 the Women’s Committee has raised and granted in excess of $12 million to the Museum. 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. Monies raised have helped to establish the Robert Montgomery Scott endowment fund for future exhibitions, and have provided full financial support for educational projects such as Form in Art, a ground-breaking program offering studio art classes to unsighted and legally blind adults. Curatorships have been endowed and special undertakings, such as the reinstallation of galleries, have been supported. 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 a joint venture with the Free Library of Philadelphia was initiated for the benefit of Philadelphia school children.

In addition, the Committee supplies funding for continuing education for the three Museum Guide programs and supplies fresh flowers for the Grand Staircase at Christmas, Easter, and other special occasions. 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:

  • 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
  • Gee’s Bend (2008) $100,000
  • Frida Kahlo (2008) $100,000
  • Ike Taiga Exhibition (2006) $11,600
  • The Arts in Latin America (2006) $100,000
  • Jacob van Ruisdael. Master of Landscape (2005) $100,000

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

  • 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