Funding Priorities

At the University of Michigan Museum of Art, visitors discover, explore, reflect, grow, and reach beyond their own spheres into the transcendent realities of art. For each visitor, we make visual experience richer and deeper. We encourage inquiry. We connect the visual arts with other forms of creativity from the literary to the scientific. We help students build the skills they need in a fast-changing global society—how to look closely, think creatively, and embrace diversity.

UMMA's Funding Priorities

In March 2009, with the help of donors like you, UMMA completed a breathtaking renovation and expansion—the Maxine and Stuart Frankel and the Frankel Family Wing. The result was a giant leap forward. We now draw twice the number of visitors that we did before the renovation—more than 200,000 a year, including 30,000 for tours, classes, workshops, concerts, plays, lectures, and symposia. And they still come for free, every one of them.

We believe UMMA is now poised to become what we once only dreamed it might be—the catalyst of cultural understanding at the University; the cultural town square of our region; indeed, a university art museum for the world.

In short, we want to realize the full potential of our new strength. And that will depend on one key asset—increased endowment support for these specific priorities.

British artist Haroon Mirza

UMMA seeks to commission and showcase new works by the world’s most promising young artists. 

This will not only nurture their remarkable gifts, but also put University of Michigan students in contact with the leading artistic voices of their own generation.

What better way to give Michigan students a further edge, beyond their outstanding academic and co-curricular experiences, than to offer accessible, exciting opportunities to deepen their understanding of cultural diversity and creativity?

South African Musician Vusi Mahlasela UMMA seeks to broaden its role as the cultural heart of the University of Michigan campus—a place for creative partnerships that connect the visual arts, performing arts, the spoken word, and art-making experiences.

Endowment support will help us enliven the progressive sensibilities of Michigan students through interactions with an eclectic community of creators and thinkers.

Natsu Oyobe, Curator of Asian Art

We seek endowment support, including seed funding for research and project implementation, for the positions of Museum Director, Deputy Director for Education, and Curators of Western, Asian, and Contemporary Art.

Additionally, endowments dedicated to our specific collections areas will strengthen scholarship and allow UMMA to continue to attract and retain visionary leaders of the highest caliber far into the future.

Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries exhibitionUMMA seeks to recast the role of art in the community far beyond the Museum’s walls.

New, vibrant programming shared via emerging technologies and media can connect greatly expanded audiences to our collections and programs.

Cuban Artist María Magdalena Campos-PonsWe seek to broaden our partnerships with preeminent scholars at the University of Michigan and around the country in history, philosophy, literature, anthropology, and more.

Endowment support will help us foster exciting creative collaborations across disciplinary boundaries.

Pamela Reister, Curator of Museum Teaching & LearningUMMA seeks to enhance its role as a leader in object-based teaching and learning.

Endowment support will help us to engage more undergraduate and graduate students in experiential learning, to provide more internships and fellowships, and thus to build a stronger future for museums everywhere.