Gari Melchers Home and Studio
Support Gari Melchers Home and Studio on #MaryWashDay!

Support Gari Melchers Home and Studio on #MaryWashDay!

On my return to Fredericksburg, I walked through the house and opening the back door, looked down the hill across the fields and the river. The beauty of Virginia made me wonder how I could ever have left it even for a winter.

 

Who We Are

The American artist Gari Melchers wrote these words in 1928 to describe Belmont, the 18th-century estate he and his wife Corinne purchased 12 years earlier.  Gifted to the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1942, this distinctive historic property and art museum is administered by the University of Mary Washington. The fully-furnished home, together with Melchers' intact studio, houses the largest collection of his works anywhere. Melchers' contemporary, the American impressionist artist Childe Hassam, praised his friend's work as "sound and sane and clear." Like Hassam, visitors to the Gari Melchers Home and Studio are often profoundly moved by the power and clarity of his art.  The site also supports UMW's mission by fostering student enrichment and lifelong learning.

 

Why Support Gari Melchers Home and Studio? 

Our role as the preserver and presenter of Melchers' story is as vital as ever, but the financial resources needed to enhance the visitor experience are increasingly strained. Support from individual donors helps make possible special exhibitions, educational programs, and the preservation of collections and facilities. Past alumni gifts provided $500 for repairs to the frames of selected paintings and a $20,000 endowment for public programs. 

 

How Your Gift Will Help

Our current major project is the restoration of Belmont’s iconic horseshoe staircase.

 

Please help us sustain and strengthen the mission of the Gari Melchers Home and Studio by making a gift on Mary Wash Giving Day. Thank you!

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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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$1,500
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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$2,500
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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