The Ogunquit Museum of American Art in Ogunquit, Maine, has announced a gift of nearly $2 million from board member Ann Ramsay-Jenkins.
The largest gift in the museum's history will bolster its endowment in support of exhibitions and programming. The museum's collection of nearly three thousand modern and contemporary works is open to the public from May through October. In recognition of the gift, the Overlook at Narrow Cove on the museum grounds will be named in honor of Ramsay-Jenkins and her late husband, William M. Jenkins.
A member of the museum board's development committee since 2018, Ramsay-Jenkins was instrumental in outlining a vision for the museum's first legacy giving program. She is co-founder of the College Success Foundation, which provides scholarship support for underserved, low-income students; a former director of the office of budgets at Harvard University; and a former assistant secretary of administration for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. William Jenkins was chair and CEO of Seafirst National Bank in Seattle.
"Ann's strategic plan allowed the development committee to establish new categories of giving that had not been focused on before," said board president David Mallen. "This gift is significant to a museum of our size and allows us to take a bold step into the future."
"I grew up in Portland and attended Deering High School," said Ramsay-Jenkins. "My first friends were made here, my interest in the arts was developed here, my aspirations for life were shaped here. For these reasons, I wanted to support an organization which celebrates the energy and artistic vision of Maine artists."
(Photo credit: Ogunquit Museum of American Art)