The Largest Gift in the Museum’s History
The Monhegan Museum of Art & History has received a $1 million challenge grant from the Wyeth Foundation. The museum has up to three years to match this significant gift, the largest in the museum’s history. This grant from the Wyeth Foundation will support the museum’s campaign to raise $4 million toward an endowment, with income from the endowment going to support operations and capital improvements to the museum’s buildings. The Wyeth Foundation is funded by the generous support of Jamie and Phyllis Wyeth.
“Phyllis and Jamie Wyeth have been extremely generous to the Monhegan Museum for the past three decades,” said Monhegan Museum President Edward L. Deci. “They have encouraged our many efforts to restore the museum’s historic buildings, and they have been very enthusiastic about the exhibitions we have mounted through the years. This generous gift is one of the many ways they have supported the museum, and is intended to encourage other people to join them in ensuring the sustainability of our world-class museum on Monhegan Island.”
“We are excited to present this gift to the Monhegan Museum to recognize the museum’s 50th anniversary, to honor its commitment to the economic and social well-being of the Monhegan community and the preservation of its history, and to secure the sustainability of the museum into the future,” said Jamie and Phyllis Wyeth. Jamie and Phyllis Wyeth have made this investment in the future of the museum out of their own enduring connection to Monhegan Island. They own a historic house built by Rockwell Kent on the island.