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A Letter from the Director

Dear Friends,

This year is very special for the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. In 2021, we celebrate a century of serving the Northeast Indiana community with the wonders of art. 

In 1921, this museum rallied its most dedicated supporters to found an art museum and school. The vision of those people was to build upon their modest treasure for the future—our future.  

As I look back on the last century, I see names, faces, and stories of those who gave so much to the building of this museum, many whose legacies endure today. And as I look back on my 18 years as CEO of FWMoA, I have watched many of your legacies unfold before me. 

It’s not just about creating legacies or building up the Fort Wayne Museum of Art—it’s about building so we can serve. We store up treasure so we can share the gift of art with everyone.  

Shouldn’t everyone have the gift of art? I ask you to join me in helping everyone be inspired by art by supporting the 2022 Annual Fund. Your gifts will help thousands of people of all ages have art experiences—now and in the future—that change their lives. 

Charles Shepard


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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 Amanda Mitchell at 260.422.6467 or

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

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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 Amanda Mitchell, Associate Director of Development at to become a corporate member.

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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

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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

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Patricia Adsit
William B. Andrews and Vicky L. Carwein
Michael Dobbs and Linda Binek
Glenn and Janellyn Borden
John and Mary Brandt
Prof. and Mrs. William* E. Briegel

Rick and Louise Cartwright
Howard L. Chapman and Stephen L. Chapman
Arthur and Carol Cislo
Sharon and Ben Eisbart
June E. Enoch*

Dr. Fred C. and Mary Anna Feitler
Steve and Brenda Fishbaugh
Elizabeth A. Frederick
Herb and Carole Fuller
Linda Felger Gaff
Patricia S. Griest
Melanie Thexton Hall
Leonard Helfrich
Thomas A. Herr
Cristina Herrera
Mr. and Mrs. Scott F. Hill

William F. McNagny*
Ms. Terra Hipp and Mr. Brian Miller

Bill and Ginny Johnson
Mr. David Kirk and Mr. Michael Greene
Marvin* and Marva Komisarow
Dr. and Mrs. Jerry Mackel
Nancy Malis
Marita O’Neil-Maloley
Michael V. Parrott
Steve and Audrey Riley
Mark and Chris Rupp
Prof. and Mrs. William E. Briegel
Paul O. Sauerteig
Dorothy L. and Paul* E. Shaffer
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Shepard III
Jay and Sandy Shumaker
Ms. Betty E. Stein*
Mr. and Mrs. Don Steininger

Nancy Peck Stewart
Art and Karen Surguine
Scott A. Tarr and Dennis J. Greaf
Eleanor Wallace
Virginia Lee Zimmerman

* Denotes deceased individual.

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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.