Support Us

Ways to Give

A Letter from the Board Chair

Dear Friends,

With so much that has been reshaped or made off limits, art endures. One visitor recently shared that her visit “brought me faith in humanity and showed me the peace inside art.” The Fort Wayne Museum of Art’s mission is about adding value to the lives of diverse audiences through American art. With the backdrop of a global pandemic and great uncertainty, I am more committed than ever to this mission.

Our latest visitor experience survey underscored the importance of the Museum’s role in our region—94% of people who took the survey said they learned something new about American art, and 78% said their appreciation for it had grown. When the Museum was closed to visitors due to COVID-19, the Museum found new ways to serve the community. In May, the Community Foundation’s Giving Tuesday Now campaign helped FWMoA leverage over $10,000 in less than 8 hours to fully fund its campaign to create virtual video tours of its exhibitions.

Last year’s Annual Report featured the 2018-19 gift of Martin Blank’s Repose in Amber, and that gift inspired two other national collectors to give major sculptures, Martin Blank’s Dream Sequence and Steven Linn’s Rodia’s Tower. The Museum’s permanent collection continues to grow, and this has allowed the Museum flexibility and stability in times like these.

We are so grateful to you for your membership and support.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, thank you!

Ellen Cutter


Individual Giving

Annual Fund

The Annual Fund helps us sustain operations to continue to serve Northeast Indiana with high-caliber arts programming for people of all ages and abilities throughout our community.

Fill the Frame

The Fill the Frame Fund helps us acquire new art, create new exhibitions and make the Museum’s collections more accessible to our community.

To give to this unique fund, contact Capri Williams at 260.422.6467 or

Amazon Smile

You can make a contribution to the Museum just by shopping using our Amazing Smile link!

Hamilton Circle and Friends of the Library

The Hamilton Circle is a special member group for Museum supporters who wish to contribute directly to the care and growth of the Museum’s permanent collection. Membership in this group is an additional $100 contribution on top of a paid membership.

To give to this unique fund, contact Capri Williams at 260.422.6467 or

Corporate Giving

Corporate Membership

Become a corporate member of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art! Corporate Memberships include many perks for the company and its employees.

Contact Capri Williams to become a corporate member.

Become a Sponsor

Through a variety of meaningful partnerships, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art has presented hundreds of programs and exhibitions to thousands of people in the Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio region.

Contribute to one of the many FWMoA programs, events or exhibitions, and you can inspire deeper engagement with many diverse community members that experience our Museum.

To learn more about the benefits of sponsoring FWMoA, contact Ashley Stoneburner at, or call (260) 422-6467.

In 2019, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art was able to contribute significantly to the cultural life of our community through the generous support of many sponsors, private foundations and some public funds*, including:

Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne
Foellinger Foundation, Inc.

Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne
Dr. Louis A. & Anne B. Schneider Foundation
Edward D. and Ione Auer Foundation
Edward M. and Mary McCrea Wilson Foundation
Lincoln Financial Group
Steel Dynamics, Inc.
Wells Fargo

Chapman Art Fund
Ian and Miriam Rolland Family Foundation
Parkview Health
The PNC Financial Services Group

Ambassador Enterprises

Hanning & Bean Enterprises, Inc.
Lupke Foundation
Marva Komisarow
MKM Architecture + Design
Old National Bank
Petroleum Traders Corp.
Rick and Vicki James
Salin Bank
Star Financial Bank
Sweetwater Sound, Inc.
Wells Fargo Advisors

3 Rivers Federal Credit Union
Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass
Ash Brokerage, LLC
Barrett & McNagny
Fort Wayne Mad Ants
Franklin Electric
Galecki Financial Management, Inc.
Greater Fort Wayne, Inc
Hagerman, Inc
Haines, Isenbarger & Skiba, LLC
Humphries Developments
Hylant Group
Indiana Michigan Power
Indiana Tech
Journal Gazette Foundation
Lake City Bank
Lawrence Building Corp
McComb Family Foundation
McMahon’s Best One Tire and Auto Care
Midwest America Federal Credit Union
Northern Indiana Public Service Company
Partners 1st Federal Credit Union
Physicians Health Plan of Northern Indiana, Inc.
Reecer Properties LLP
Summit City Chevrolet

Thieme Society for Planned Giving

A number of long-time supporters of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art have remembered us in their estate plans, and we invite you to do the same. To honor those who are planning a future gift to FWMoA, we have created a circle of friends known as the Thieme Society. Members of the Thieme Society enjoy special recognition (or anonymity) in donor publications and are invited to exclusive events at the Museum.

Theodore Thieme was a prominent businessman who owned a weaving company in Fort Wayne. He also recognized the importance of art to the community. In 1921, Thieme donated his home at 1026 West Berry Street, a collection of paintings and a generous sum of money to the Fort Wayne Art Association, thus creating the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.

Gifts large and small are essential to the long-term vitality of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. If you have a gift planned to the Museum in your will or estate, please give us a call. If not, you might consider the following benefits when making financial planning decisions.

Did you know you can:

  • Support the Museum without giving cash now?
  • Give to the Museum and get cash back?
  • Give stock to the Museum and save income and capital gains taxes?
  • Use almost any of your property to make a planned gift?

Contact us to learn more about becoming a member of the Thieme Society.

Members of the Thieme Society enjoy exclusive, private events at the Museum with CEO Charles Shepard; commemorative Thieme Society gifts; and donor recognition in our materials. Plus, naming rights are available at certain giving levels.

Members of the Thieme Society

Anonymous (x5)
AT and Jennifer Kohout
Amanda and Charles Shepard
Arthur and Carol Cislo
Ben and Sharon Eisbart
Brian Miller and Terra Hipp
Catherine and Scott Hill Family
David Kirk and Michael Greene
Don and Kathy Steininger
Eleanor Wallace
Elizabeth A. Frederick
Glenn and Janellyn Borden
Leonard Helfrich
Linda Binek and Michael Dobbs
Linda Gaff

Mark and Chris Rupp
Marva Komisarow
Mary and John Brandt
Mary Anna and Fred Feitler
Melanie and Robert Hall
Nancy and David Stewart
Nancy Malis
Patricia Adsit
Patricia S. Griest
Paul Sauerteig
Steve and Audrey Riley
Steve and Brenda Fishbaugh
William Andrews and Vicky Carwein
William Briegel and Lynne Satterfield
William McNagny


Docents are museum volunteers and are essential to educating the public about the diverse exhibitions on display at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, using the art as a tool to expand the minds of all who listen and learn. Leading engaging tours is a unique opportunity to work with children, heighten your mental engagement and contribute to your community. All interested individuals will be asked to complete a background check before joining the docent team.