Henry's gift did more than establish the museum and the UW as a beacon in the Northwest art scene. It create inspiration, a legacy that led to a $17.5 million renovation and expansion financed through a public/private partnership between the State of Washington, the UW and the Henry Gallery Association, the gallery's fund-raising organization.
The state government contributed $8.6 million over the past three years to the project, which helped fund raisers when it came to finding private gifts. Those gifts got started with a $5 million challenge grant from the Allen Foundation for the Arts.
The Allen gift in turn inspired many more. A $1.5 million gift from the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Charitable Foundation--for a new outdoor sculpture court--enabled the Henry to meet the specifications to receive a $500,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation.
In January, Boeing announced a $1.5 million contribution toward the acquisition of the core portion of the Joseph and Elaine Monsen collection of photography. The Monsens also donated approximately $500,000 worth of their collection, one of the premier private collections of photography in the world.
The Monsens' gift is particularly meaningful because of their UW ties. Joseph Monsen is a UW professor emeritus in the School of Business Administration and Elaine Monsen is director of the nutritional sciences program in the UW School of Public Health and Community Medicine. Their collection--which features works by such artists as Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Cindy Sherman and Robert Mapplethorpe--will be on display in a gallery in the original building designated specially for photography.
The Henry Gallery campaign is a textbook example of a public/private partnership that enriches our lives today and into the next century. The new Henry is once again something to behold. Horace would have been very proud.
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