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August 24, 2018

Bryn Mawr College Art History Department Receives $5 Million Gift

BRYN MAWR, PENNSYLVANIA—Bryn Mawr College’s History of Art Department has received a $5 million gift from alumna Emily Rauh Pulitzer to endow a professorship and support students as part of its “Defy Expectation” fundraising drive. The college has launched a search for a distinguished scholar specializing in modern and contemporary art to fill the Emily Rauh Pulitzer 1955 Professorship. The student support fund will aid student research, travel, and internship opportunities for students in Bryn Mawr’s art history department.

“My experience at Bryn Mawr in general and specifically as an art history major gave me a firm foundation for many of my future involvements,” Pulitzer said. “My honors thesis professor encouraged me to research Romanesque sculpture at the Philadelphia Art Museum. I was challenged to organize an exhibition of paintings owned by the college and faculty members. Both endeavors provided great experience working with individual works of art, which has been my primary focus ever since.”

Pulitzer graduated from Bryn Mawr with an art history degree in 1955. She then became a student at the École du Louvre in Paris and a curatorial intern at the Cincinnati Art Museum. In 1957, she was named assistant curator at Harvard University’s Fogg Art Museum, then under the direction of Agnes Mongan, a fellow Bryn Mawr alumna and the museum’s first female curator and director. Pulitzer was also a curator at the St. Louis Art Museum and is the founder and chair of that city’s Pulitzer Arts Foundation and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

“Bryn Mawr has a distinguished tradition in the study of the visual arts. We are proud that the college has been cited as one of a few influential institutions that helped to establish art history’s place in the American academy,” college president Kim Cassidy said. “Through Emmy’s generosity, we will be able to continue to help our faculty to break new ground while still preserving their commitment to our scholar-teacher model. I am honored that Emmy share our faculty’s devotion to both their scholarship and their students.”

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