UMW Galleries
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Who We Are

The University of Mary Washington Galleries, comprised of the Ridderhof Martin Gallery and the duPont Gallery, are dedicated to advancing the educational goals of the University through the collection, preservation, exhibition, and interpretation of works of art. The Galleries promote arts education on campus and in the local community.


The UMW Galleries present exhibitions throughout the academic year that not only compliment the curriculum of the Department of Art and Art History, but also bring works to the area that might not otherwise be easily accessed.  This includes artwork by contemporary national and international artists, as well as historical works borrowed from outside museums and institutions.  All of our exhibitions and accompanying programming are free and open to the public, and we are open six days a week.


The UMW Galleries also maintain a healthy internship program, allowing students to learn first-hand in a museum/gallery setting.  The interns learn about the best practices in regards to handling artwork, collections management, installing artwork, press and advertising, using museum standard database programs, and museum educational programming. Former UMW Galleries interns can be found working as the Program Coordinator at Georgetown University, pursuing a PhD in Art History at San Jose State University, and working at the Cradle of Aviation Museum (Garden City, NY), just to name a few!


How Your Gift Will Help

Many of our exhibitions and accompanying programming (visiting artists and scholars, lectures, special video screenings, etc.) are made possible through the generosity of our donors. Support from donors also allows us to maintain our Permanent Collection. Your donations will go directly to the following upcoming projects:

  • Programming to accompany exhibitions
  • Archival materials to update the storage conditions of the Permanent Collection
  • Conserving/restoring several damaged pieces of work
  • Exciting upcoming exhibitions by contemporary artists

A dream of ours is the designation of a print study space. Every semester, the Galleries work with 1-2 classes. The students in these classes visit the Galleries and study works in the Permanent Collection. Currently, we do not have a dedicated space for the students to do their research, leaving them cramped in our back work/storage space as they examine original works of art. A print study space would give students the opportunity to conduct their research in a proper environment, with ample space, ideal lighting conditions, and other resources (like desks and chairs) to accommodate their study sessions.           

Mary Louise Holmes '97 Challenge for 1,908 gifts
When we reach 1,908 gifts, in honor of our founding year, Mary Louise Holmes '97 will make a gift of $5,000 to the Fund for Mary Washington. Make your gift today and help us reach 1,908 gifts to unlock an additional $5,000!
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Philo Funk Rosenfeld ’72, 3000 Gifts Challenge
When we reach our goal of 3,000 gifts on Mary Wash Giving Day, Philo Funk Rosenfeld ‘72 will make a gift of $5,000 to the Fund for Mary Washington . Make your gift today and help us reach 3,000 gifts to unlock an additional $5,000!
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Young Alumni Council New Donor Challenge
When 150 young alumni (classes of 2010-2019) make their first-ever gift to UMW, the members of the Young Alumni Council will make a $1,500 gift to the Fund for Mary Washington! Be one of the 150 to unlock this challenge!
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Class of 2020 Challenge
Vice President for Advancement and University Relations Lisa Jamison Bowling '89 is issuing a challenge to the senior class. When 100 gifts are received from members of the Class of 2020 on Mary Wash Giving Day, Lisa will give $1,000 to the Fund for Mary Washington.
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Farrell First-Time Donor Challenge
Lynne ’62 and Paul Farrell are issuing a special challenge to inspire new donors to support Mary Washington. If we receive gifts from 1,000 first-time donors on Giving Day, we will unlock the Farrells’ $10,000 gift to the Fund for Mary Washington! This is the most ambitious Giving Day goal we have ever set, and we’re counting on our new donors—alumni, parents, students, family members, faculty, staff, and friends of the University—to unlock this challenge gift! Gifts of all amounts count toward the challenge—just be sure to select "Yes" when asked if this is your first-ever gift to the University when you make your gift!
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Margaret Birch '79 New Donor Challenge
When 250 alumni make their first-ever gift to UMW, a gift of $2,500 to the Fund for Mary Washington will be unlocked from alumna Margaret Birch '79. Alumni, make your first-ever gift and help unlock an additional $2,500 for our students!
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Lee ’04 and Karli Murray ’05 Married Alumni Challenge:
When 50 gifts are received from alumni who are married to other alumni, Lee and Karli will give $1,000 to the Fund for Mary Washington! Married alumni, make your gift to any area to help unlock an extra $1,000 to benefit students!
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Dr. Theresa and Dr. Bill Crawley 70’s Challenge
Dr. Theresa Young Crawley ‘77 and Dr. William B. Crawley, Jr. are challenging alumni from the 1970s! If 100 alumni from the 1970s make a gift on Mary Wash Giving Day, it will unlock a $25,000 gift from the Crawleys to support scholarships at Mary Washington.  Make your gift today and help increase the impact of your gift!
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