Fall 2019 Issue

Lasting Generosity

Major gifts provide a world-class experience at the Muscarelle

By Ashley K. Speed

The generosity of donors like the late Martha Wren Briggs ’55 and Julian Fore ’71 allows the Muscarelle Museum of Art to continue to provide a world-class experience year after year.

Briggs’ gift of more than $30 million will be used to build The Martha Wren Briggs Center for the Visual Arts, which is named in her honor and will include classrooms and other facilities supporting the university’s visual arts program. The gift will underwrite educational program collaborations between schools and departments across the university, in addition to supporting the preservation and maintenance of the center.

Fore recently made a generous gift of nearly 60 pieces of artwork to the Muscarelle through his estate plans. Fore’s gift, known as the Julian W. Fore Art Collection, includes Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Asian and American prints, paintings, drawings and earthenware from artists including Paul Cézanne, Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Milton Avery, Pierre Bonnard, David Hockney and Sam Gilliam, among others.