Museum Announces Major Gift

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Mary and Frederic "Fritz" Wolfe

Mary and Frederic "Fritz" Wolfe

The Toledo Museum of Art’s Interim Director Rod Bigelow announced today (May 20) that the Museum has received a $2 million lead gift to renovate its former glass gallery into a signature gallery for the Museum’s growing modern and contemporary collections.

Perrysburg residents and long-time Museum supporters Frederic “Fritz” and Mary Wolfe made the gift earlier this year to jumpstart construction on the gallery.

“The plan is to renovate the space into a modern and contemporary gallery that will showcase the Museum’s growing holdings in those areas and re-introduce the Toledo Museum of Art to the world as an institution with an important and compelling collection of contemporary works,” Bigelow said.

The space underwent demolition in 2008.  But fundraising plans were put on hold, Bigelow noted, when the economic downturn became front-page news.

“Fritz and Mary have stepped forward to say that they not only believe in the future of the Toledo Museum of Art, they believe in the future of this region,” said Betsy Brady, Toledo Museum of Art Board chair.  “We certainly hope others will follow their lead and continue to contribute toward a healthy future for the Museum.”

To recognize their leadership and long-time service to the Toledo Museum of Art, the new gallery will be known as the Frederic and Mary Wolfe Gallery.


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