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Endowment Gifts

Endowments honor the interests and values of museum supporters with a lasting legacy. Through named endowment gifts, donors ensure that specific museum staff positions, programs, or collections areas will be supported in perpetuity.

Barbara MacAdam, Jonathan L. Cohen Curator of American Art, teaches a class of Dartmouth students in the Israel Sack Gallery of American art.

Katherine Hart, senior curator of collections and Barbara C. and Harvey P. Hood 1918 Curator of Academic Programming, teaches a class of Dartmouth students in the Bernstein Study-Storage Center.

Personnel and programmatic endowment opportunities available at the Hood today are detailed below. For more information, please call the museum at (603) 646-2808 or contact us via email.

The Hood Museum of Art is able to accept matching gifts. Please contact us for details.

For information on underwriting named spaces in our expanded galleries and teaching facilities, please see our expansion page.

Museum Personnel Endowments

Curatorships

A museum’s curatorial posts today represent naming opportunities for patrons who have deep interest in a particular culture area. At the Hood, the following curatorial posts are available for naming:

  • curator of European art
  • curator of African art
  • curator of Native American art

Curatorial Fellowship

This new, two- to three-year rotating position would help alleviate the administrative burden under which the Hood’s professional staff currently operates, as well as provide training for a promising young professional in the museum field. The post would also enable the Hood curators to take brief (three- to six-month) research sabbaticals to pursue new projects without penalizing the rest of the museum staff or neglecting their collection areas. This practice would bring the museum into parity with peers at Harvard, RISD, and other campus-based museums of the first tier. Preference could be given to applicants with Dartmouth degrees, and the fellowship also represents an appealing naming opportunity for this reason.

Program Endowments

Exhibitions / Public Projects Fund

The Hood is heavily reliant upon outside funding for all of its major exhibition programs, including the substantial costs associated with mounting the traveling exhibitions that have distinguished the museum’s practice for the past twenty years. This new funding would be used to alleviate the recurring fundraising burden that is required of the director in order to mount exhibitions and other public projects of regional, national, or international significance. Temporary positions, such as designers, editors, and educators, might also be paid out of these resources. Funds would be grouped in named, purpose-specific endowments, and patrons recognized whenever income is utilized from these funds.

Information Technology

While Dartmouth College pays for software and maintenance of computerized programs, the pressures of extensive additional information technology development would be relieved by an endowment set up for this area. Such funding would guarantee that Dartmouth’s museum remains on the cutting edge of collections management through the professionalization of the Hood Museum of Art’s electronic database management and other computerized resources. New initiatives, such as the AAM’s suggested registry of Nazi-era provenance research, exploitation of the College’s wireless capacity, and further website development can only be met through the strengthening of funding to support this area.

Publications

The Hood’s publications have won awards, especially the museum’s Quarterly and the exhibition catalogues. Other publications are, however, out-of-date, including collection brochures, introductory books about specific collections, and the Treasures of the Hood. Complete catalogues on specific collections are also required. Naming opportunities exist for the entire suite of Hood publications or for individual publications, such as the Quarterly.

Acquisitions

The museum seeks to acquire objects of greater art historical and aesthetic significance and has recently devised a strategic plan for acquisitions to help accomplish this goal. Current endowment income is insufficient to make individual purchases of a world-class caliber on a regular basis, so we are seeking additional resources. Additionally, conservation of works of art already in the permanent collection is a high priority for the curatorial staff. Purpose-specific endowments are sought for general acquisitions but also for areas of specific interest to patrons and professional staff. Certain areas, in particular African, Oceanic, Native American, and contemporary art, have not received adequate acquisition funds to date.

Conservation

The museum is seeking specific funds for the conservation of artwork in areas of interest to patrons and professional staff. The Hood’s extensive collections include many objects accessioned over a long history. The interested patron can embark on a journey of discovery and revelation in bringing objects to presentable display condition.

Student Support

The Hood has achieved its target of funding for three nine-month positions, offering wonderful educational and development experiences for Dartmouth senior students. The museum is currently seeking support to create the position of student programming coordinator, open to application for graduating Dartmouth seniors for a two-year post-graduation term. This position would enable co-curricular museum learning opportunities for Dartmouth students and would serve as a liaison between the museum, campus programming partners, and the student body.

Director’s Endowed Discretionary Fund

The director requires flexible funding in order to accomplish a variety of short-term educational projects. The most important of these projects relate to the professional development of staff, the more complete integration of Dartmouth students, and a new initiative to encourage more faculty research at the museum. Purpose-specific endowments for museum internships, non-curricular programs, student life–driven initiatives, and special exhibition/research projects would guarantee that currently experimental measures become mainstays of Hood practice in the future.

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