Nasher Museum of Art to provide free admission to public ‘for the foreseeable future,’ thanks to alumni donation
view article on The Chronicle | Published July 07, 2022
We are grateful to receive this commitment, which reflects Jennifer and Jason’s love of art and Duke. The New family’s generosity will ensure that anyone can come to Duke to experience the Nasher’s collection, allowing us to share our greatest cultural assets with our neighbors in Durham and around the world.Duke University President Vincent Price
New York art collectors and Duke graduates Jennifer McCracken New and her husband Jason New have given $1 million to the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University to grant free general admission to all visitors.
The free admission policy is effective immediately.
Jennifer and Jason’s enormously generous gift will allow us to continue to create a place of welcome and belonging for everyone. Now more than ever, we must remove barriers to our collections, exhibitions and programs. Through art, we can build the inclusive, diverse community that we want to see, one that is truly reflective of society. This gift embodies that goal!Trevor Schoonmaker, Mary D.B.T. and James H. Semans Director of the Nasher Museum
The New family has long been connected to Duke. Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree in Art & Art History and Sociology from Duke in 1990; she and Jason both earned J.D. degrees from Duke University School of Law in 1994. Jennifer and Jason’s daughters, Bailes and Clare New, will graduate in 2024 and 2025, respectively. Over the past several years, Jennifer and Jason have donated eight works of art to the Nasher Museum, made a promised gift of one work and provided funds for the purchase of 14 other works. Jennifer is a member of the museum’s national Board of Advisors.
The Nasher Museum has been a source of inspiration to me and my family over the years. I'm delighted to be part of this effort to make the museum more accessible, inviting and open to all. The Nasher has so much to offer Duke and the surrounding community. When we are able to welcome diverse, engaged visitors, the experience is more robust for all of us.Jennifer McCracken New
Jennifer McCracken New practiced trusts and estates law for 10 years in New York and Chicago. She is an enthusiastic art collector and frequents galleries, studios and other venues to learn about new work. Jennifer is a board member of the Public Art Fund, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the American Federation of Arts. Jennifer is also a member of the Directors Council of the Whitney Museum of American Art. After a career in bankruptcy law and distressed finance, Jason New is now the Managing Partner and Co-founder of NovaWulf Digital Management. They reside in New York City with their two daughters.