About Friends of Art

 
Established in 1965, and now celebrating 50 extraordinary years of giving, Friends of Art raises over $325,000 annually to provide crucial unrestricted, current-use funds to support the Davis. Friends of Art funds have a direct impact on daily operations at the Davis, and underwrite acquisitions, exhibitions, programs, internships, and student opportunities that are unique to Wellesley. Members of Friends of art enjoy invitations to exclusive events, lectures, symposia, and other arts programming. In addition, provided access to remarkable Wellesley women and friends of the Davis.
 
"The Davis offered tremendous opportunities for me while I was at Wellesley. My work-study position led me to my major, art history, and the summer curatorial internship showed me a different facet of the museum. Both were paid positions. As much as I loved the work, I couldn't have afforded to volunteer. Giving back to the Davis through Friends of Art is the least I can do to help ensure that other students have these opportunities as well." - Rikki Tracy ‘07
 
1965
Founding meeting of Friends of Art, chaired by Nancy Angell Streeter '50, on March 16.
 
1982
College President Nannerl Keohane approves restructuring of the Museum to meet AAM (Association of Art Museums) standards for college museums. Museum Director now reports directly to the President of the College.
 
1987
Initial set of Friends of Art bylaws produced and ratified.
 
1989
Friends of Art celebrates its 25th anniversary with a three-day extravaganza at Wellesley.
 
1993
Inauguration of the new Davis Museum and Cultural Center at Wellesley College designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect, Rafael Moneo. Friends of Art National Committee begins meeting twice a year.
 
Paula Kaplan Hawkins ’57 establishes the Friends of Art Patrons Society.
 
1998
First Patrons Trip embarks to Los Angeles in the Spring.
 
2006-2007
Completed Strategic Plan for Friends of Art that focused the organization on raising unrestricted annual funds to support the Davis Museum.
 
Raised Patrons Society annual gift from $1,000 to $2,500 to coincide with the new Durant Scholar giving level established the previous year at the College. This resulted in revenue growth of 25%, the largest annual growth in the history of Friends of Art.
 
2010
Dr. Lisa Fischman appointed Ruth Gordon Shapiro '37 Director of the Davis Museum by President H. Kim Bottomly in February.
 
2012
Rebranding of the museum capitalizes on familiar nomenclature, highlighting “the Davis.” —much to the delight of Friends of Art stalwart Kathryn Wasserman Davis ’28.
 
2014
The Patrons Trip goes global with its first international venture to London.
 
2015
Friends of Art celebrates its 50th anniversary with several initiatives, including: “Davis on the Road” events hosted by Friends of Art Regions, to spread the news of the Davis beyond the campus. “Friends of Art Voices” capture the Friends of Art legacy through an oral history program undertaken by students.
 
2018
The Davis celebrates the 25th anniversary of its signature Rafael Moneo building.
 
To find out more information about Friends of Art, contact the Friends of Art Coordinator | FOA@wellesley.edu | 781-283-2219