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The University of Michigan Museum of Art is most grateful to the following individuals, corporations, and institutions for their generous support of UMMA during the University's Victors for Michigan Campaign. The following gifts were made between July 1, 2011 and April 1, 2014. The campaign will continue through 2018.

Thomas H. and Polly Walker Bredt^
Stephen and Faith Brown^
The Estate of Susan L. Johe
The Estate of Elise Reeder Olton
Irving Stenn, Jr.^
Helmut and Candis Stern

Mr. and Mrs. James Agah
Robert and Lillian Montalto Bohlen
Duncan and Adrienne A.* Hartley^
Peter and Rita Heydon
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
National Endowment for the Humanities

Peter and Barbara Benedek
Sheila and Ronnie Cresswell
Laura Lynch* and Hugh McPherson
University of Michigan Office of the Provost
Thomas Wilson and Jill Garling

Dr. Seymour and Barbara K. Adelson
Linda Bennett^
Margaret and Howard Bond
Barbara and Oscar Feldman^
Mr. Justin L. S. Lee
Ms. Puwen Lee
Ms. Rowe Y. Lee-Mills
Marjory S. Luther
Richard and Rosann Noel
J. Richard Pinnell and Robert Scanlan^
Larry and Maxine Snider
University of Michigan Health System

Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
Fidelity Investments
Dr. and Mrs. Richard F. Gutow
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs
National Endowment for the Arts
Will and Joanne Potter
Walter and Nesta Spink
Terra Foundation for American Art
University of Michigan Office of the President

Joseph and Annette Allen
Linda Bennett and Robert Bagramian
Andrew and Sharlynn Circo
J. Ira and Nicki Harris
Ann and John Holmes
Gerald and Selma Lotenberg
Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation
Oak River Foundation
Sheldron and Helen Seplowitz
U-M Center for Japanese Studies
U-M Credit Union
U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies 
U-M Office of the Vice President for Research

Mr. and Mrs. William B. Becker
E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation
Comerica Bank
Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea and
National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage
Dr. James L. Curtis
Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art
Maxine and Stuart Frankel
Charles H. Gershenson Trust
Ruth and Alfred Glancy
Ms. Kathleen A. Lauster
Jeanne Y. Miller Trust
Mosaic Foundation of R. & P. Heydon
Gordon and Claire Prussian
Prue and Ami Rosenthal
Jeffrey and Lauren Sarrett
Michael and Nicole Siminoff
Sarah and John Straus
U-M A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning
U-M Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
U-M Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design
Jiu-Hwa L. Upshur
Stephanie and James Walter



Funding Priorities

At the University of Michigan Museum of Art, visitors discover, explore, reflect, grow, and reach beyond their own spheres into the transcendent realities of art. For each visitor, we make visual experience richer and deeper. We encourage inquiry. We connect the visual arts with other forms of creativity from the literary to the scientific. We help students build the skills they need in a fast-changing global society—how to look closely, think creatively, and embrace diversity.

In March 2009, with the help of donors like you, UMMA completed a breathtaking renovation and expansion—the Maxine and Stuart Frankel and the Frankel Family Wing. The result was a giant leap forward. We now draw twice the number of visitors that we did before the renovation—more than 200,000 a year, including 30,000 for tours, classes, workshops, concerts, plays, lectures, and symposia. And they still come for free, every one of them.

We believe UMMA is now poised to become what we once only dreamed it might be—the catalyst of cultural understanding at the University; the cultural town square of our region; indeed, a university art museum for the world.

In short, we want to realize the full potential of our new strength. And that will depend on one key asset—increased endowment support for these specific priorities:

To develop global leaders in the arts

UMMA seeks to commission and showcase new works by the world's most promising young artists. This will not only nurture their remarkable gifts, but also put U-M students in contact with the leading artistic voices of their own generation. What better way to give Michigan students a further edge, beyond their outstanding academic and co-curricular experiences, than to offer accessible, exciting opportunities to deepen their understanding of cultural diversity and creativity?

British artist Haroon Mirza

British artist Haroon Mirza

To make UMMA Michigan's cultural heart

UMMA seeks to broaden its role as the cultural heart of the campus—a place for creative partnerships that connect the visual arts, performing arts, the spoken word, and art-making experiences. Endowment support will help us enliven the progressive sensibilities of Michigan students through interactions with an eclectic community of creators and thinkers.

South African Musician Vusi Mahlasel

South African Musician Vusi Mahlasela

To endow leadership positions and inspire creative scholarship

We seek endowment support, including seed funding for research and project implementation, for the positions of Museum Director, Deputy Director for Education and Curatorial, and Curators of Western, Asian, and Contemporary Art. Additionally, endowments dedicated to our specific collections areas will strengthen scholarship and allow UMMA to continue to attract and retain visionary leaders of the highest caliber far into the future.

Natsu Oyobe, Associate Curator of Asian Art

Natsu Oyobe, Associate Curator of Asian Art

To reach new audiences beyond our walls

UMMA seeks to recast the role of art in the community far beyond the Museum's walls. New, vibrant programming shared via emerging technologies and media can connect greatly expanded audiences to our collections and programs.

Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries exhibition

Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries exhibition

To build stronger bonds with the academic enterprise

We seek to broaden our partnerships with preeminent scholars at U-M and around the country in history, philosophy, literature, anthropology, and more. Endowment support will help us foster exciting creative collaborations across disciplinary boundaries.

Cuban Artist Marķa Magdalena Campos-Pons

Cuban Artist María Magdalena Campos-Pons

To enhance the training of tomorrow’s museum professionals and scholars

UMMA seeks to enhance its role as a leader in object-based teaching and learning. Endowment support will help us to engage more undergraduate and graduate students in experiential learning; to provide more internships and fellowships; and thus to build a stronger future for museums everywhere.

Pamela Reister, Curator of Museum Teaching & Learning

Pamela Reister, Curator of Museum Teaching & Learning

Please join us as we reach for these goals. Imagine what UMMA can be with the help of those who understand the essential role of a great teaching museum in a world sorely in need of the arts.

For more information, please contact Carrie Throm, Deputy Director, Development and External Relations, at 734.763.6467 or

UMMA's Campaign Case Statement >>