Bryn Mawr Receives $5 Million Gift for Art History Department

Bryn Mawr Receives $5 Million Gift for Art History Department

Bryn Mawr College has announced a gift of $5 million from alumna Emily Rauh Pulitzer to endow a professorship in its History of Art department.

The Emily Rauh Pulitzer 1955 Professorship will support a new faculty member specializing in Western Art, with a focus on Modern and Contemporary Art. The Emily Rauh Pulitzer 1955 Student Support Fund will support student research, related travel, and internships, with a preference given to students studying art history. Pulitzer also has allocated a portion of her gift for financial aid so that outstanding students who would otherwise not be able to afford Bryn Mawr will be able to have the same transformative academic experience she had.

After graduating from Bryn Mawr with a degree in art history, Pulitzer spent a year at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris and then worked as a curatorial intern at the Cincinnati Art Museum before serving as curator of the St. Louis Art Museum. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Pulitzer is the founder and chair of the Pulitzer Arts Foundation and board chair of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

"My experience at Bryn Mawr in general and specifically as an art history major gave me a firm foundation for many of my future involvements," said Pulitzer. "My honors thesis professor encouraged me to research Romanesque sculpture at the Philadelphia Art Museum. I was challenged to organize an exhibition of paintings owned by the college and faculty members. Both endeavors provided great experience working with individual works of art which has been my primary focus ever since."