Make a Gift to the Next Generation

Contribute to SAAM’s 50th Anniversary Fellowship Campaign

Since 1970, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery have provided more than 690 students and scholars worldwide with financial support and unparalleled research opportunities. Our fellowship program launches new generations of professors and curators who, in turn, ignite a passion for the arts among their students and museum visitors.

SAAM Renwick Fifty Years of Fellowship Advancing American Art 1970-2020

With your gift to the 50th Anniversary Fellowship Campaign, you will help SAAM remain the home for American art scholarship in the 21st century. To make an even greater impact, please consider joining our 50th Anniversary Fellows’ Council at one of four giving levels:

  • Platinum Circle — Pledge of $5,000 or more each year for 3 years, totaling at least $15,000
  • Gold Circle — Pledge $3,000 each year for 3 years, totaling $9,000
  • Silver Circle — Pledge $1,500 each year for 3 years, totaling $4,500
  • Bronze Circle — Pledge $500 each year for 3 years, totaling $1,500

Your tax-deductible donations can be directed to one of four funds:

The Joshua C. Taylor Fellowship, named after the program’s founder and the museum’s fifth director, is supported by alumni and friends of the fellowship program. 

The SAAM Fellowship Program Endowment Fund was established by former fellow Janet Headley (1954–2019) and supports the areas of greatest need for our fellows.

The George Gurney Fellowship Endowment Fund, established by Peter and Paula Lunder, honors the distinguished career of the museum’s former curator of American sculpture.

The William H. Truettner Fellowship Endowment Fund, established by Peter and Paula Lunder, is a tribute to Mr. Truettner’s career of nearly fifty years as a curator of painting and sculpture at the museum.

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