The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Saturday, August 24, 2019

Huntington's First Comprehensive Fund-Raising Campaign Ends with Goal Greatly Surpassed
Visitors take souvenir photos of the Amorphophallus titanum, the so-called corpse flower, known for its odor similar to rotting flesh, at the Huntington Library in San Marino, Calif., Thursday, June 18, 2009. The plant, which is blooming for the first time, is being called "Son of Stinky" because it was propagated from a seed from another corpse flower that bloomed at the Huntington in 1999, the first such bloom ever in California. AP Photo/Reed Saxon.

SAN MARINO, CA.- The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens announced this week the successful completion of “For Generations to Come—The Campaign for The Huntington,” a six-year, $175 million fund-raising initiative—the most comprehensive in the institution’s history. Launched in July 2004, the Campaign will end officially on June 30 with an estimated $243 million raised. Gifts are still being counted, with final totals expected in the coming weeks.

“Six years ago we set a goal that seemed very ambitious at the time, but we knew it was absolutely imperative,” said Steven S. Koblik, president of The Huntington. “The Huntington and its collections provide unparalleled research and educational opportunities, but inadequate resources had prevented the institution from fulfilling its potential. With the Campaign’s accomplishments, we have made important strides toward financial equilibrium, developed our programmatic offerings in ways we never could have imagined, and engaged thousands more people in the process. I call that a stunning success.”

The Campaign focused on attracting gifts in three categories: annual operating funds that support the core mission of research and education; capital gifts to maintain the institution’s infrastructure and preserve the historic Huntington estate; and new endowments that provide income in perpetuity to support staff, protect the collections, and fund research and educational programs.

Expanded community involvement was a key accomplishment of the effort. During the course of the Campaign, membership increased 20 percent to 30,000. The Huntington’s Society of Fellows, the philanthropic group providing the largest amount in contributions each year, grew 24 percent to 300 families. Relationships with the Chinese and Chinese American communities were crucial in funding the $18 million Liu Fang Yuan (流芳園), a new Chinese garden completed in 2008 that reflects traditional Suzhou-style scholar gardens.

The Campaign resulted in several other dramatic developments on The Huntington’s grounds. The Huntington Art Gallery, Henry and Arabella Huntington’s historic residence, where the institution’s European art collection is displayed, underwent an extensive renovation and reinstallation. The new Dibner Hall of the History of Science was created to showcase the Burndy Library, a gift of rare books and manuscripts from the Dibner family that established The Huntington as one of the top research centers for the history of science and technology.

Another improvement made with Campaign support transformed the American art galleries, doubling the space allocated to the Huntington’s American art collection.

Gifts in kind (gifts of objects as opposed to monetary gifts) also were of major importance to the Campaign, though their value is excluded from the official totals. The Burndy Library alone, for example, includes such rare treasures as a 1544 edition of Archimedes’ Philosophi ac Geometrae, a first edition of Isaac Newton’s Principia Mathematica (1687), and the scientific library of Louis Pasteur (1822–1895).

“Gifts in kind have a snowball effect,” said George Abdo, vice president for advancement at The Huntington. “Often made along with endowment gifts to support their stewardship, these materials stimulate new scholarship as well as additional gifts and grants.” Among other pivotal gifts in kind to the Campaign include a group of major collections reflecting the history of the aerospace industry in Southern California; an extensive photographic archive from Edison International depicting the early development of the region; the monumental Sam Francis painting, Free Floating Clouds (1980) that dominates the mid-20th-century room of the American art galleries; and a gift of 7,000 orchids that, according to the Telleen/Jorgensen Director of the Botanical Gardens, James Folsom, constitute one of the finest collections of orchids in public or private hands.

“For Generations to Come—The Campaign for The Huntington” was led by the late Nancy Munger, honorary chair, and co-chairs Ruth B. Shannon and Robert F. Erburu.

“Quite simply, this Campaign was successful because it had at its helm some of the most intelligent and energetic minds in philanthropy,” said Stewart R. Smith, chair of The Huntington’s Board of Trustees. “Their boundless enthusiasm and vision have made Huntington history, and paired with the skills and dedication of Huntington staff, we had a winning formula.”

The Huntington Library | Steven S. Koblik | San Marino |

Today's News

July 5, 2010

Paintings, Sculptures and Drawings by Roy Lichtenstein on View at Museum Ludwig

Tamra Davis's Revealing Portrait of Jean-Michel Basquiat to Premiere at Film Forum

RxArt Unveils Works by Jeff Koons at Advocate Hope Children's Hospital

Jean Cocteau's House at Milly-la-Foret Opens to the Public

Covert Operations and Classified Landscapes by Trevor Paglen

Robert Bowman Modern Shows Willie Bester's Trojan Horse III

True or Fake? Francis Bacon's 'The Tip of the Iceberg' Opens in Buenos Aires

First Exhibition Dedicated to Tracey Emin's Monoprints at the Royal Academy

Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations at the Contemporary Jewish Museum

DePaul University Art Museum to Become Interactive Art Studio

Coastal Town to Be Transformed by Six Contemporary Artists

Ingvild Goetz Collection of Art Videos and Films at Haus der Kunst

Personal Scenes and Episodes of Pablo Picasso's Life Explored in Berlin

Thaddeus Holownia: The Terra Nova Suite at the Tides Institute

Six Exceptional Young Talents Selected for Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative

Mead Art Museum at Amherst College Reopens with Fresh Look

Bellevue Arts Museum Launches New Funding Campaign

Huntington's First Comprehensive Fund-Raising Campaign Ends with Goal Greatly Surpassed

Thirty Artists Contribute New Works for Exhibition at Vienna's Secession

Stratton Foundation Donates New Important Publication to Academic Institutions

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Newly restored Titian's Rape of Europa set to be reunited with accompanying works

2.- Krannert Art Museum acquires complete works of conceptual gay photographer Hal Fischer

3.- The Met's Rock & Roll exhibition reaches a milestone 500,000 visitors

4.- A new species of giant penguin has been identified from fossils

5.- Fondation Phi pour l'art contemporain exhibits works by pioneering artist Yoko Ono

6.- Comprehensive exhibition of Elfie Semotan's work on view at C/O Berlin

7.- 'Easy Rider' star Peter Fonda dead at 79

8.- Major exhibition explores the romantic fascination with the Scottish Highlands

9.- Meet the Ercolines, the Woodstock lovebirds whose hug made history

10.- Dallas Museum of Art re-opens European Galleries after total reinstallation

Related Stories

Gift from Brody Estate Expected to Yield More than $100 Million for the Huntington

Important Works by Andy Warhol from the Shapazian Collection Go to the Huntington

National Archives to House Infamous Nazi World War II Papers

French Ceramics from the Boone Collection Go to the Huntington and LACMA

Huntington Acquires Newly Identified Portrait by Major French Artist

Huntington to be the First U.S. Venue for Important Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes Exhibition

Huntington Acquires Extensive Collection of Charles Dickens' Letters

Colorado River Photographs By Karen Halverson Explored in New Exhibition Space

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful