$ 426,865 raised 2,661 gifts
UMW Galleries has raised $ 1,835 from 19 gifts!
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 work 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 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.           

Rank State Donors
1 VA 11
2 NY 2
3 PA 1
Alumni Board 'Go for a Grand' Challenge
WE DID IT! 1,000 Gifts from Alumni = $10,000 to the Fund for Mary Washington from the Alumni Board! Thank you!
1,000 / 1,000 Gifts
Virginia Colwell Read 1908 Challenge
WE MADE IT! Thank you, everyone, for helping reach 1,908 gifts in honor of Mary Washington's founding year! You made this a record-breaking day for Mary Washington and made a huge difference for UMW students and programs!
1,908 / 1,908 Gifts
Young Alumni A.M. Challenge
Challenge MET! Thank you, Classes of 2008-2017! You unlocked $2,500 for the Fund for Mary Washington!
100 / 100 Gifts
Young Alumni Happy Hour Challenge
If 50 gifts are received from the Classes of 2008-2017 between 4 and 8 p.m., the Young Alumni Council will give $1,000 to the Fund for Mary Washington.
50 / 50 Gifts
Barry Family Match for UMW Parents
Thank you, parents! The full $9,000 match has been met!
$9,000 / $9,000 Raised
Alumni Student Leader 2-for-1 Match
A group of alumni who served as Mary Washington student leaders will match gifts from students with a 2-for-1 gift to the Fund for Mary Washington, tripling their impact. Sponsored by Gwen Amory Cumming '52, Patti Boise Kemp '69, Jane Jackson Woerner '69, Kathi O'Neill '70, Trenda Powell Jacocks '82, Lee Ann Reaser '98, Jay Sinha '07, Jennifer Crystle '13, and Whitney Kiper '14.
$3,750 / $3,750 Raised
Class of 1968 "6 to 8" Match
Class of 1968, make a gift to any designation between 6 and 8 a.m. or 6 and 8 p.m. and Kathy Nagy Schabacker '68 and her husband Dennis will match it with an equal gift to the Amphitheatre restoration.
$2,500 / $2,500 Raised
Participation Leaderboard
Top areas of support by number of gifts
Rank Area of Support Gifts
1 UMW Athletics 809
2 College of Arts & Sciences 585
3 Fund for Mary Washington 452
4 UMW Theatre 375
5 Other 143
6 College of Business 127
7 Campus Recreation 102
8 College of Education 80
9 UMW Libraries 42
10 James Monroe Museum 41
11 Gari Melchers Home and Studio 30
12 UMW Galleries 19
Dollars Raised Leaderboard
Top areas of support by dollars raised
Rank Area of Support Raised
1 UMW Athletics $86,600.56
2 Fund for Mary Washington $73,657.03
3 College of Arts & Sciences $49,736.75
4 UMW Theatre $40,642.12
5 Other $36,804.08
6 College of Business $17,423.08
7 UMW Libraries $6,445.00
8 James Monroe Museum $5,430.00
9 College of Education $4,594.00
10 Campus Recreation $2,987.25
11 Gari Melchers Home and Studio $2,070.00
12 UMW Galleries $1,835.00
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