The gift, which will endow the Herzfeld Foundation Curator of Photography and Media Arts position in perpetuity, boosts the foundation's total support for the museum to more than $9.9 million. Since 1985, gifts from the foundation have helped establish and support the Herzfeld Center for Photography and Media Arts, an integrated exhibition space dedicated to photography and the related media of film, video, and light installation; the Herzfeld Photography, Print, and Drawing Study Center, which provides visiting scholars and students access to the museum's extensive collection of works on paper; and more than sixty exhibitions as well as the acquisition of nearly four hundred photographs for the museum's permanent collection.
"The generous support of the Herzfeld Foundation has been truly transformational for the photography program at the Milwaukee Art Museum," said Lisa J. Sutcliffe, the inaugural Herzfeld Curator of Photography and Media Arts. "The photography collection has been expanded both in scope and breadth over the last three decades with their support."
"The Herzfeld Foundation believes that an endowment provides a long term, secure, and sustainable financial base," said Bill and Carmen Haberman, president and vice president of the board of the Herzfeld Foundation, "which, along with the great space of the Herzfeld Center, will attract and retain the top talent needed to continue building a prestigious collection and mount great exhibitions."