Princetonians Practice the Art of Giving

April 15th, 2013 / Advancement

The Princeton University Art Museum

Throughout its 131-year history, alumni and friends have supported the Princeton University Art Museum by bequeathing works of art, endowing curatorships, and establishing funds to advance the museum’s scholarly mission. Under Director James Steward, the museum has expanded its program of exhibitions and publications, and is committed to building its collection, especially in contemporary art.

Notable Recent Bequests:

Princeton University Art Museum

An anthropology student studies a Maya vase in the museum.

• The estate of C. Bagley Wright Jr. ’46 donated an Elizabeth Taylor (Pictures of Diamonds) print by Vik Muniz, and the bronze Odalisque with Anklet by Anthony Caro, as well as $1 million for a contemporary art fund

• The estate of art connoisseur and Transatlantic Review founder James McCrindle established a museum internship fund that enables students to gain in-depth pre-professional experience

“At the core, we exist because of alumni generosity,” says Steward. “Our planned giving donors are often long-term friends of the museum who have supported us during their lifetimes. They are donors who see the importance of the museum taking risks and providing fresh and original scholarship.”