$ 426,865 raised 2,661 gifts
Gari Melchers Home and Studio has raised $ 3,070 from 30 gifts!
Gari Melchers Home and Studio
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 had purchased 12 years before.  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 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

Current major projects include relocation of a handicapped accessibility ramp and restoration of Belmont’s kitchen garden to its Melchers-era 1920s appearance.


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!


Gari Melchers Home and Studio Donors
Rank State Donors
1 VA 19
2 PA 2
2 CA 2
Belmont Launch Challenge
When Gari Melchers Home & Studio receives 25 gifts, an anonymous donor will give $1,000.
25 / 25 Gifts
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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