Endowments for Curatorial Positions

A naming gift to the Allen Memorial Art Museum provides a lasting tribute to an individual or individuals whose contributions deserve recognition and commemoration. Endowing named curatorships has been a high priority for the museum. Curators spearhead acquisitions, research the collection, present public programs, and collaborate with faculty and students to organize exhibitions and museum-based courses. Endowing these positions ensures that the museum can permanently support teaching in a wide variety of fields and maintain the AMAM’s standing as one of the leading academic museums in the country.

The AMAM is grateful to the donors who have made possible the endowment of the Joan L. Danforth Curator of Asian Art position and the Eric & Jane Nord Family Curator of Education position. Plans are underway to endow the modern and contemporary art curatorship in honor of Professor Ellen Johnson (1910-92), who championed contemporary art at Oberlin through artists’ residencies, acquisitions, and ground-breaking exhibitions.

The museum is currently seeking to endow the Curator of European and American Art position. The AMAM’s collection of pre-1900 European and American art is one of the finest at any undergraduate institution. Numbering more than 5,000 objects, the collection is especially strong in European painting from the 14th through the 19th centuries, including an important group of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish paintings and prints. The collection also comprises key works of sculpture and decorative arts and a fine collection of coins, ceramics and bronzes from the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean, as well as Native American and Pre-Columbian works.

The AMAM’s collection of European and American art serves nearly all Oberlin College departments. Classes regularly visit exhibitions in the galleries and examine works not currently on view in the Wolfgang Stechow Print Study Room.

Please contact AMAM director Andria Derstine if you are interested in learning more about endowing this important position.



Hendrick ter Brugghen (Dutch, ca. 1588-1629)

Saint Sebastian Tended by Irene, 1625
Signed and dated at top, left of center: "HTBrugghen fecit 1625" (HTB in monogram)
Oil on canvas
58 11/16 x 47 in. (149 x 119.4 cm)
R. T. Miller, Jr. Fund, 1953.256