Fort Wayne Museum of Art has served the Fort Wayne community and the northeast
Indiana region for over 90 years. With
no other public art museum closer than 90 miles, the Museum is a primary
regional resource for the visual arts.
Your support of the museum helps us be a leader in the vibrant cultural life of Northeast Indiana. With your help, we are able to bring 35 exhibits and service to 110,000 children and adults annually. Consider a gift to the Fort Wayne Museum of Art through one of the opportunities below.
Weave the fabric of our future. Consider joining the Thieme Society.
A number of long-time supporters of FWMoA have remembered us in their estate plans, and we invite you to do the same. To honor those who are planning a future gift to FWMoA, we have created a circle of friends known as the Thieme Society. Members of the Thieme Society enjoy special recognition (or anonymity) in donor publications and are invited to exclusive events at FWMoA. Theodore Thieme was a prominent businessman who owned a weaving company in Fort Wayne. He also recognized the importance of art to the community.
In 1922, Thieme donated his home at 1026 West Berry Street, a collection of paintings and a generous sum of money to the Fort Wayne Art Association, thus creating the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.
Gifts large and small are essential to the long-term vitality of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. If you have a gift planned to the Museum in your will or estate, please give us a call. If you have any questions about how to make a planned gift to the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, please contact Ashley Stoneburner at 260.422.6467.
Members of the Thieme Society enjoy exclusive, private events at FWMoA with CEO Charles Shepard, commemorative Thieme Society gifts, and donor recognition in FWMoA materials. Plus, naming rights are available at certain giving levels.
Members of the Thieme Society
Janellyn and Glenn Borden
Williams Andrews and Vicky Carwein
Carol and Arthur Cislo
Sharon and Ben Eisbart
June E. Enoch
Mary Anna and Fred Feitler
Brenda and Steve Fishbaugh
Steve and Audrey Riley
Many of you will remember the exhibition of the work of Dale Chihuly in 2002, a landmark display that captivated us with his masterpiece glass sculpture. This historic moment was heightened by a visit to Fort Wayne from Dale himself.
Then, in 2013, we renewed that spirit with an exhibition that transformed the new wing of this museum with Dale’s nature-inspired glass. At the same time, I gambled on a cold-call to Habatat Galleries in Michigan to loan us their famed International Glass exhibition. They said yes, and our story with glass began.
The overwhelming enthusiasm for glass from people like you inspired me to purchase works like Dale Chihuly’s Lily Gold chandelier and to continue the International Glass exhibition each year since 2013.
I can say with confidence that these artistic wonders have sparked something in this community. The glass exhibitions of the past 5 years are more than just pretty things; they are symbols of beauty, wonder, joy, and awe. Glass, more than any genre or medium I’ve known, transcends cultural, ethnic, and generational boundaries to inspire everyone.
In a few short weeks, you’ll get to see the largest, most dazzling glass sculpture this museum has ever seen. Because of what we have built together, FWMoA is now home to a 50-ft amber and rose glass installation by Chihuly protégé Martin Blank, and I can’t wait for you to see it.
I ask you to remember that in all of this, it’s more about inspiring people than acquiring art. And that’s what your gifts have always done and will always do: inspire everyone through the gift of art.
With many thanks,
Charles A. Shepard III
President & CEO
P.S. Your donation keeps the gift of inspiration accessible to all. We can do things like free Thursday nights and discount admission for disadvantaged families because of you.
Contribute a tax-deductible gift to our most important campaign of the year: the campaign that brings art to the people. All donors to the Annual Appeal will be recognized in the FWMoA Annual Report.
Thousands of people each year enjoy our inspiring exhibitions, our growing permanent collection, and our exciting roster of programming for children and adults. Become a Member, and join them in experiencing all of the museum's exhibits and programs to the fullest.
Fort Wayne Museum of Art values its relationships with individuals, businesses,
corporations, and foundations in the region. Through a variety of meaningful
partnerships, the Museum has been able to present hundreds of programs and
exhibitions to thousands of people in the Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio region.
Contributing to one of the many FWMoA programs, events, or exhibits can also inspire deeper engagement with many diverse types of audiences that experience museum programming. To learn more about the benefits of sponsoring FWMoA, contact Ashley Stoneburner at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 260.422.6467.
In 2016, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art was able to contribute significantly to the cultural life of our community through the generous support of many sponsors, private foundations, and some public funds*, including:
Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne
English, Bonter, Mitchell Foundation
Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne
Edward D. and Ione Auer Foundation
Flora Dale Krouse Foundation
Indiana Arts Commission
Edward M. and Mary McCrea Wilson Foundation
Lincoln Financial Foundation
Steel Dynamics Foundation
Chapman Art Fund
City of Fort Wayne
National Endowment for the Arts
Mimi and Ian Rolland Family Foundation
Windgate Charitable Foundation
Marva Komisarow Foundation
Charles W. Kuhne Charitable Trust
Old National Bank
Steel Dynamics, Inc.
Chuck and Lisa Surack and Sweetwater Sound
Suedhoff Family Foundation
1st Source Bank
Barrett & McNagny
Beers Mallers Backs & Salin
Burt Blee Sutton Dixon & Bloom
Braun Wealth Management
DO McComb and Sons
Do It Best Corp.
Fort Wayne Art League
Galecki Financial Management
Haines, Isenbarger, & Skiba
Haller & Colvin
Howard P. Arnold Foundation
JH Specialty, Inc
Journal Gazette Foundation
Martin Riley Architects
MKM Architecture + Design
PNC Financial Services
Rothberg, Logan, & Warsco
Star Financial Bank
Wells Fargo Bank
*We are grateful for all gifts; however, only gifts of $1,000 and above are listed on our website.
Give to the collection, and give to the future
Each year, the Fill the Frame Fund helps us acquire new art, host new exhibits, and make the Museum's Collections more accessible to the community.
The Museum's permanent collection is a record of our time, visual artifacts reflecting our people's greatest achievements in vision, craft, and creativity. The objects held in the public trust are housed safely in the museum, each work carefully cared for and preserved for the benefit our community. In essence, the collections held at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art belong to the people of our community, and with your support, they will grow in size and scope for generations to come.
To give to this unique fund, start with the link to your right, or contact Capri Williams at email@example.com.
Jeanette Pasin Sloan; Nicholas Roosevelt, Samuel Williamson silver
The following companies have committed to Corporate Membership with the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Benefits include membership benefits for company executives, discounts off employee memberships, free tickets to seasonal parties, and sponsorship exposure at FWMoA throughout the year. To learn more about joining this program, contact Ashley Stoneburner at 260.422.6467 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Giving is easy when it's a part of your everyday purchases. Visit the link to support FWMoA when you shop through Amazon Smile.