The J. Paul Getty Trust has announced a gift from board member Maria Hummer-Tuttle and her husband, former ambassador Robert Tuttle, to establish a permanent endowment fund for the J. Paul Getty Museum and name its directorship.
Although the Getty declined to disclose the amount of the gift, it did say that the couple now rank among the most generous donors in the institution's history. Hummer-Tuttle has served on the Getty's board for more than a decade (and as chair from 2015 to 2019) and has been a strong advocate for the visual arts across the Los Angeles region and for Pacific Standard Time, the museum's regional arts initiative. The couple also have sponsored exhibitions, the Museum Arts Access education program, and the Getty Research Institute's African American Art History Initiative and were founding members of the Getty Conservation Institute Council and the President's International Council.
Spread across two locations, the Getty Villa in Malibu and the Getty Center in Los Angeles, the J. Paul Getty Museum's holdings include Greek and Roman antiquities, European paintings, drawings, manuscripts, sculpture, and decorative arts up to 1900, as well as works of photography documenting the history of the medium, from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day.
"Maria and Bob's extraordinary generosity will help the museum to extend significantly its important work in arts education, exhibitions, and other aspects of our mission," said Getty Museum director Timothy Potts. "We are deeply grateful for the support they have provided to the museum over the past decade, and I am personally delighted and honored to be the first to serve as the Maria Hummer-Tuttle and Robert Tuttle Director. I know that the staff, too, will greatly appreciate the confidence that this gift expresses in their ability to set even higher ambitions for the museum into the future."
"Bob and I have been honored to help the Getty pursue its global mission to advance understanding, appreciation, and conservation of art," said Hummer-Tuttle. "With this gift we hope to strengthen the Getty Museum’s ability to create world-class exhibitions for the Los Angeles region, to advance our work in critical K-12 education programs, particularly for those children most in need, and to enhance our programs in scholarship and conservation."