In summer 2010, with support from M&T Bank, the Gallery installed air-conditioning in one of its prime rental spaces. The historic space, known since 2003 as the M&T Bank Ballroom, was built in the 1930s and features oak paneling, stained glass windows, a vaulted ceiling and a balcony with seating. It can accommodate 350 guests for receptions and 225 for sit-down dinners, but until now, it was available only from mid-September to mid-June, making it off limits to the lucrative summer wedding trade. No longer!
M&T’s gift of $100,000 is just the latest of many to the Gallery. For 17 years, the bank has been presenting sponsor of the Clothesline Festival. It also provided exhibition support for such major exhibitions as Edgar Degas: Figures in Motion, Georgia O’Keeffe: Color and Conservation, and American Impressionism: Paintings from the Phillips Collection.
Above: M&T Bank Ballroom photo by Brandon Vick.
Berkeley Gallery Opens
In December 2009, more than 200 upper-level donors and special guests were on hand to honor Helen H. Berkeley, whose $1 million gift made possible the Helen H. Berkeley Gallery of Ancient Art. Speakers at the dedication of the new gallery included UR president Joel Seligman, State Senator Joseph E. Robach, and Bobbie Wilson representing Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter. Robach and Slaughter were instrumental in securing additional funding for the new installation.
The Berkeley Gallery, which opened to the public the following day, brings together works from ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. A few steps away, the companion gallery At the Crossroads features works from the ancient Middle East and the Islamic world. Read the whole story
Pictured above: Surrounding Helen Berkeley are Edmund Hajim, chair of the UR Board of Trustees; director Grant Holcomb; UR president Joel Seligman; and MAG Board president Andrew Gallina. Photo by J. Adam Fenster.
Gallery Receives $250,000 from Long-Time Supporter
In July 2009, director Grant Holcomb announced a major gift from long-time supporter Evelyn V. (Lynne) Lovejoy. The $250,000 gift was earmarked for the Lynne Lovejoy Endowment, an unrestricted fund which supports the Gallery’s educational mission.
Holcomb also announced that the former East Parlor, a popular events rental space in the Gallery’s Cutler Union building, would be dedicated in honor of Mrs. Lovejoy. Read the whole story
Above: At the September 2009 dedication of the Lynne Lovejoy Parlor, Mrs. Lovejoy posed with UR president Joel Seligman, MAG director Grant Holcomb and MAG Board president Andy Gallina. Photo by Derin Korman.
Other Recent Gifts
- January 2012: Raphael Soyer Prints (Diane Ambler UR ’71 and Ethan Grossman)
- Gifts of art July 1–December 31, 2013
- Tribute Fund July 1–December 31, 2013
- June 2011: Gallery Council Gift of Kiki Smith Woodcuts
- Fall 2007: Suzanne Gouvernet
- Fall 2006: Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull
- Winter 2006: James T. and Jacqueline Adams
- Fall 2004: Bob and Joanne Gianniny