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The Nasher didn’t exist when I was a graduate student at Duke. I am a passionate, enthusiastic supporter of the museum, which is a vital resource for students and faculty. I admire the Nasher’s diverse collection of contemporary art, with its focus on artists of African descent. I want my gift to help ensure that the Nasher remains a vibrant source of inspiration for Duke and the surrounding community and beyond—for generations to come.

Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, A.M.’99, Ph.D.’01, director of the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens in Jacksonville, Florida, and member of the Nasher Museum’s national Board of Advisors

Donate Now to Double Your Impact!

Rising to the challenges of this time, the Nasher Museum’s national Board of Advisors has established a $350,000 dollar-for-dollar match for the museum’s Annual Fund. This leadership match was created to inspire others to give to the museum’s Annual Fund and demonstrate our board’s commitment to the museum.

Donate now to the Nasher Museum Annual Fund through June 30, 2021, and see your gift make twice the difference! Annual Fund gifts and commitments at all levels are eligible to be matched by the Nasher Board of Advisors challenge.

For Duke alumni, Nasher Annual Fund giving also counts toward reunion class goals and is included in your comprehensive university giving totals.

When I was an art history major at Duke, my amazing professor Kristine Stiles challenged me to analyze and critique works of art I had bought since age 13, and to think of it as a real collection for the first time. I put together an exhibition my senior year—and we published an illustrated catalogue. This early curatorial experience truly shaped who I am as a collector. I hope my gift to the Nasher Museum will help other students to stretch and grow in their love of art.

Jason Lewis Rubell, A.B.’91, P’23, co-founder of the Rubell Museum in Miami, and member of the Nasher Museum’s national Board of Advisors

Why the Annual Fund?

The Nasher Museum needs your support to meet the financial demands of this time. By making a donation to the Annual Fund, you join the community of supporters who mean so much to us, and in doing so help the Nasher ensure the museum’s future success.

Your gift will allow us to support priority projects and respond immediately to innovative opportunities as they arise. As the most flexible support, the Annual Fund assures the museum’s ability to provide students and faculty access to the museum, enhance resources for K-12 educators, continue to expand our virtual programs and present groundbreaking, original exhibitions.

At Duke, I found myself seeking more and more ways to get involved with the museum. I interned there and served on the MUSE advisory council. Having spent the better part of a decade involved in the museum, I am so proud and honored to be a part of it. The Nasher is at the forefront of programming and showcasing under-recognized artists. I can’t wait to see what the next decade looks like for the museum.

Max Feidelson, Duke Class of 2016 and member of the Nasher Museum’s national Board of Advisors

One thing that I as an artist have grown to appreciate and love, in no small part because of the team at the Nasher, is that museum curators and educators, including Duke student gallery guides, are on the front line with visitors who interact with my work. I want to say thank you to the Nasher for representing artists like me, when we can’t be there in person to talk about our work. The Nasher Museum is important in the process of talking about art!

Dario Robleto, artist based in Texas, and member of the Nasher Museum’s national Board of Advisors

Why give now?

As always, the museum strives to be a place where art helps us make sense of the world. This past year has proven how crucial it is for communities to come together and support the institutions they love.

Give today and double your impact, supporting the museum as it continues to promote the visual arts and serve as an inclusive space for creative and transformative experiences for all.

Make your donation online or call the Nasher Development office directly at (919) 684-3411.

If you prefer to send your gift by mail, download the donation form and return to:

Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
Attn: Development
2001 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705

I was thrilled to walk my classmates through the Nasher’s 10th anniversary exhibition during my last reunion; we were all so pleased that Duke is now the home of a world-class arts institution. I’m also so proud that ‘our’ museum has prioritized the exhibition of works that address race, gender, class, immigration and globalization since its inception, serving as a model for diversity, equity and inclusion on campus and beyond.

Tanya Traykovski, Duke Class of 1986 and member of the Nasher Museum’s national Board of Advisors

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The health and safety of our community is our top priority. In accordance with Duke University, the museum is closed to visitors until further notice. The café and store are closed. Find updates and the latest information on Duke’s Coronavirus Response website.