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Embodying the liberal arts experience, the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art proudly serves as an interdisciplinary hub for Hamilton and the broader community by inspiring art exploration through groundbreaking exhibitions, a global teaching collection, engaging programming, and hands-on learning experiences.

To assist the museum in these endeavors, two donors have stepped forward and offered to match gifts supporting the Director’s Discretionary Fund for access and exploration. The discretionary fund provides the Wellin Museum with the financial resources and creative space needed to launch new innovative teaching and learning opportunities, as well as continuing to expand on points of access for all members of the Hamilton community.

Donors who choose to direct their gift to this fund will be matched one-to-one until the $500,000 match is expended.

The Director’s Discretionary Fund will directly impact the student experience as well as raise the visibility for the Wellin. The museum supports and enhances experiential learning opportunities through:


Each spring, a section of the gallery is transformed into an experimental space for students, faculty, and the community to create and present projects inspired by or related to current exhibitions.

Class at the Wellin Museum

Museum Grants for Innovative Teaching

These grants support faculty interested in developing unique assignments or creating new curricula that engage objects and themes from exhibitions and broaden classroom-based experiences.

Match Guidelines

  • One-to-one matches for gifts of any size are available to add to the Director’s Discretionary Fund
  • Pledges should be fulfilled within five years
  • Corporate matching gifts can be applied toward the fund
  • The match is in effect until the pool of $500,000 is depleted

For those interested in creating a named endowed fund to support the work of the Wellin Museum, your commitment may be eligible for a match. Please work with a Hamilton development officer or contact Stephanie Brady at sbrady@hamilton.edu or 207-333-2517 to explore this opportunity.

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Impacted Areas

Include, but are not limited to:

  • The visiting artist program
  • Exhibition curation and research
  • Community outreach
  • Publications and videos
  • Traveling exhibitions originating at the Wellin
  • Commissions of artwork

Contact Information

Stephanie Brady

207-333-2517 sbrady@hamilton.edu
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