Other Endowed Funds

The AMAM seeks to build additional endowment to provide a consistent base of funding that will enable the museum to focus on its core functions — collecting, preservation, exhibition, and interpretation of original works of art — and remain one of the finest college and university museums in the country.

Art Acquisitions
The heart of the AMAM is its permanent collection. The museum seeks to acquire high-quality works that enhance the existing collection and develop it in new directions, including building on Oberlin College’s strength in non-Western traditions. The AMAM has recently devised a strategic plan for acquisitions to help accomplish these goals.


Art Conservation

Caring for the permanent collection requires funds for art conservation. The AMAM’s collections have been assembled over a long period of time. Bringing objects to presentable display condition demonstrates proper stewardship and provides opportunities for scholarly discovery and aesthetic revelation.



Because direct experience with original works of art is at the core of the AMAM’s mission, for both Oberlin faculty and students and the broader community, the museum organizes a wide variety of programs that highlight the permanent collection or works on loan. These initiatives take the form of lectures, gallery talks, symposia, concerts, K–12 school programs, and community events.



The AMAM’s exhibitions — from both the permanent collection and loans — are designed to inform, inspire, challenge, and delight. Currently the museum relies heavily on outside funding for all its major exhibitions. Additional endowment funds would enhance the AMAM’s flexibility in mounting exhibitions that respond to college courses, scholarly research on the permanent collection, and collaborations with other museums.


Stephanie Wiles Museum Publication Fund
The Wiles Fund honors the museum's former director, who served from 2004-11. One of Stephanie’s long-term goals for the AMAM was to build a publications program. She believed that such an enterprise should include scholarly catalogues related to the collection and exhibitions, as well as publications of a more general nature, such as museum guides and brochures. Stephanie felt strongly that a forward-looking publications plan would enable the AMAM to move ahead in critical areas to disseminate museum collections more widely.



Curatorial and administrative positions in the AMAM provide training for promising young professionals in the museum field. Internships allow Oberlin students to participate in a variety of projects to help develop exhibitions; further scholarship about the permanent collection; learn how museum collections are cared for, catalogued, and preserved; and train to be docents.