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Individual Giving

Opportunities for charitable individual giving are warmly welcomed by the Tufts University Art Gallery. Please contact the Senior Director of Development for Arts & Sciences and Director of Galleries and Collections to discuss your interests.

Make your gift today via the university's secure online giving form. In the Select a School menu, choose "Other" and enter "Art Gallery." We appreciate your support!

Donating a Work of Art

The Director of Galleries and Collections is one of two first points of contact for discussing all potential donations of fine art to the University (the other is the Vice President of University Advancement). Either can serve as a resource for you as you contemplate a gift of art to Tufts. For other gifts of tangible personal property, such as decorative arts, Tufts history or memorabilia, please contact the Vice President of University Advancement's office. As part of the gifting process, the Director of Galleries and Collections chairs the Gifts of Art Committee, which meets on an ad hoc basis, but no less than once a year. Prospective donors may contact Tufts throughout the year to help prepare them to bring proposed gifts of art forward to this Committee. It is the decision of this Committee whether a work is accessioned into the university's permanent art collection.

The University's Art Collection management policy stresses that works larger than 60x 60 in. framed may not be considered for accession to the University Collection. Unframed works of art with dimensions of 60 x 60 in. will most likely exceed our maximum scale, once framed. These scale restrictions allow us to lend works from the Collection through the Circulating Art Program, fulfilling the Collection's mission to enhance the everyday lives of the Tufts community through direct contact with singular works of art.

All gifts of art need to be received physically, in excellent or good condition, no later than December 22 of each calendar year in order for the gift to be credited in that calendar year.

For general information about the art gifting process, please contact Senior Director of Development, Arts & Sciences, Nancy Mahler at (617) 627-5483 or nancy.mahler@tufts.edu.

Richard Hunt (American, b. 1935)
Planar Mountain
, 1971; welded Cor-ten steel; 10 x 12 x 13 ft.; Gift of Miriam Spertus; 1987.3; donated in honor of Music Professor T.J. Anderson.  Location: Grounds of the Shirley and Alex Aidekman Arts Center along Lower Campus Road

Chicago-based artist Richard Hunt is well known for his monumental steel public sculptures.  Commissioned in 1971 by its donors, the Spertus family, Planar Mountain marked Tufts' first major piece of outdoor sculpture as well as the opening of the Aidekman Arts Center in 1991.  Typical of Hunt's post 1960s work, Planar Mountain reflects the artist's interest in geology and rock formations.  Hunt's usage of an industrial material such as Cor-ten steel to express organic, biomorphic forms suggests the symbiotic relationship between man and nature. Planar Mountain's massive volume deftly joins three-dimensional planes in an asymmetrical composition that induces viewers to move around the object to explore it fully. Do you think Planar Mountain has a "front" and a "back"?

Planar Mountain was rededicated on October 5, 2008, in honor of Emeritus Professor of music T.J. Anderson, on the occasion of his 80th birthday and a symposium honoring his contributions to Tufts.