Muscarelle Museum of Art

The Muscarelle Museum has become an indispensable asset to the university, and it is literally bursting at the seams with energy and vitality. To continue on our path of excellence, a physical expansion is necessary. New space and enhanced facilities will enable the Museum to better connect with students and faculty and the broader Williamsburg community, and enable the Museum to continue to serve as one of the most important portals to our campus for the public at large.

David Brashear HON ’07
Campaign Chair
Muscarelle Museum of Art Foundation

Support the Muscarelle Museum of Art

With yearly attendance to all exhibitions and programs rising from 11,000 a decade ago to just over 160,000 currently and a collection that has grown by thousands of works of art, a greatly expanded facility is a top priority. We can do so much and with more specific spaces for exhibitions, research and collections, we can be even more successful in affecting the teaching and research mission of the university in our unique way.

Priorities

PILLAR I: WHERE GREAT MINDS MEET | $15 MILLION

STUDENT RESEARCH SUPPORT | $2 million

  • Undergraduate Fellowships | 6 @ $167,000 | $1 million Graduate Fellowships | 2 @ $500,000 | $1 million

Teaching Excellence | $13 million

  • Faculty/Administrative Positions Endowed
    Museum director and chief executive officer | $5 million
    Assistant director and chief curator | $2.5 million
    Senior associate director – programs, outreach and public relations | $2.5 million
    Head of collections and exhibitions | $2 million
    Curator of education and new media | $1 million

PILLAR II: MAKING THE REMARKABLE | $45 MILLION

ENGAGED LEARNING, INNOVATION AND COLLABORATION | $32.25 million

  • The Teaching Center | $23 million
    Library, archives, collections study and viewable holdings
  • Film & Media Center | $5 million
  • Center for the Study of German Expressionism | $1 million
  • Center for the Study of Frames | $3 million
  • Distinguished Speaker Series | $250,000

BUILDINGS AND FACILITIES | $12.75 million

  • Entry Atrium | $3 million
  • Gallery for American Art | $1 million
  • Gallery for European Art | $1 million
  • Gallery for Modern & Contemporary Art | $1 million
  • Gallery for Visiting Exhibitions | $1 million
  • Large Multipurpose Auditorium/Hall | $2 million
  • Gallery for Asian Art | $1 million
  • Gallery on the History of the College | $500,000
  • Acoustically-tuned Performance Space | $500,000
  • Gallery for Prints and Drawings | $500,000
  • Gallery for Photography | $500,000
  • Gallery for Faculty-Curated Exhibitions | $500,000
  • Weekend Gallery | $250,000

MUSCARELLE MUSEUM OF ART AND CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS

William & Mary was the first university in the nation to collect art, and the first to include the arts as a part of its curriculum. The new Muscarelle Museum of Art and Center for the Visual Arts will provide space befitting this long tradition and signal the importance of the arts to the university.

Advancing art and artists, building community and promoting dialogue.

  • Triple the visitor spaces and galleries for collections and exhibitions
  • Teaching center for research and experiential, engaged learning including the study of tangible works of art
  • A state-of-the art auditorium and unique gathering space to bring the community together

Fact Sheet

You can learn more about the Muscarelle Museum of Art goals & priorities in the fact sheet, which can be downloaded here.

  •  Earl T. Granger III ’92, M.Ed. ’98 ,  Associate Vice President for Development
  •  757-221-1188
  •   etgran@wm.edu
  •  David Brashear HON '07 ,  Interim Director, Muscarelle Museum
  •  757-221-2701
  •   dmbrashear@wm.edu

W&M Impact News

An artist’s gift

William Sterling’s ’59 early interest in art prompted him to become a fine arts major at William & Mary. One of his thoughts before his death on New Year’s Eve last year was to leave a gift that would benefit the university’s Department of Art & Art History.

A wedding gift that keeps on giving

Megan Dorward ’07 is no stranger to the impact and importance of private giving. As a founding member of the Society of 1918, a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors and a former member of the Annual Giving Board, she has made giving back to William & Mary an important part of her life. Now, she and her fiancé, Richard Brahan, are using their wedding as an opportunity to encourage others to join them in giving back and to create a lasting impact on others’ lives. In lieu of a traditional registry, they have established the Megan Dorward & Richard Brahan Wedding Scholarship and have encouraged their loved ones to make financial contributions to it in celebration of their wedding.