Museum Purchases with Funds Provided by Wellesley College Friends of Art at the Davis


Dear Friends,

We are thrilled to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Wellesley College Friends of Art at the Davis. Here we offer a selection of 50 works purchased with FOA support—and one to grow on!—as we look forward to the ever-brighter future of this energetic and exuberant group.

From the group’s first meeting on March 16, 1965—with Nancy Angell Streeter '50 as Chair—Friends of Art has swelled in scale and geographic scope. Over five decades, these inspiring and devoted women have perfected the art of philanthropy at Wellesley College.

Since the 1993 unveiling of our signature Rafael Moneo building, Friends of Art has focused on supporting the Davis. Evidence of FOA giving is visible throughout the Museum, in the extraordinary acquisitions, groundbreaking exhibitions, and unique student opportunities it makes possible.

The Friends of Art 50th Anniversary is just the right occasion to spark growth and renewal in the FOA community and inspire giving to the Davis. We will honor the enormous FOA impact on the Davis collections—accounting for almost 700 objects through gifts and purchases—both in the galleries and online.

I urge you to connect with Friends of Art at this very special time and to join our devoted Davis supporters and champions around the world.

I am exceptionally proud of all that Friends of Art support makes possible at the Davis and urge you to become a member—and to bring a friend along on this exciting adventure. Over the coming months of celebration, our goal is to “Make New Friends”— to honor the spirit of the founders in ensuring the group’s strength and vitality for the next fifty years.

A series of new programs, including “Davis on the Road,” will bring the Davis to the world. In return, initiatives like “Friends Speak / FOA Voices” will capture the FOA legacy through a new oral history program. And, if the spectacular success of our first international Patrons Trip to London last year is any measure, the Spring 2015 Patrons Trip to Dubai (save the 3rd week of March!) will be unparalleled and unforgettable.  

Join us! Please invest in the legacy and future of Friends of Art. Become a member today, and encourage your friends to join as well. Reconnect with the global community of Friends of Art supporters, and help us to build the next 50 years at the Davis.

Lisa Fischman
Ruth Gordon Shapiro ’37 Director

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