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A Letter from the Director

Dear Friends,

Last year, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art reached a significant milestone: 100 years of unparalleled service to the Northeast Indiana region to bring masterpiece art experiences to everyone. Now, we have our sights set on our future, the next century.

For our first 100 years, countless donors committed themselves to this museum as we built a world-class institution that reveres the creative capacity of America’s artists. Our artists teach, delight, and open up worlds of wonder for people of all ages and from all walks of life. Artists help us reflect on the past and envision the future.

As I think about our future, I see all of you in it. Whether as volunteers, visitors, or donors, each of you has an important role to play as we build on our accomplishments and create a lasting arts resource for the people of this community. Each of you is important.

The next century at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art will hold more beauty, wonder, and discovery than ever before. I ask each of you to be a part of this vision for the future as we seek to share these gifts with everyone. Your gifts to the 2022 Annual Fund will help thousands of people of all ages have art experiences—now and in the future—that change their lives.

With many thanks,
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 supports the ArtRageous Gala & Auction, our biggest fundraiser of the year! This vital fund supports all of our core mission programs, like exhibitions, education, community outreach, and facility care.

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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 Ashley Stoneburner, VP and CDO, at to become a corporate member.

Current Corporate Members

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 2021-2022, 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:

Edward D. and Ione Auer Foundation

Robert, Carrie and Bobbie Steck Family Foundation

English, Bonter, Mitchell Foundation
Foellinger Foundation, Inc.

Chapman Arts Fund
Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne
Edward M. and Mary McCrea Wilson Foundation
Lincoln Financial Foundation
Steel Dynamics Foundation

Edna Foundation Fund
The James Foundation
Surack Family Foundation

Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne
Ian and Miriam Rolland Family Foundation
Partners 1st Federal Credit Union Prime Foundation
Sweetwater, the Sweet Family of Businesses, and Chuck and Lisa Surack

Ambassador Enterprises

Hayner Foundation
Lupke Foundation
MKM Architecture + Design
Old National Bank
Reynolds Wealth Management
Steel Dynamics, Inc.
Summit City Chevrolet
The PNC Financial Services Group

3 Rivers Federal Credit Union
Ash Brokerage, LLC
D.O. McComb & Sons
Deister Machine Company, Inc.
Drive Alive, Inc.
Eli Lilly Foundation
Fort Wayne Metals
Franklin Electric
Galecki Financial Management, Inc.
Gilded Owl Design LLC
Greater Fort Wayne, Inc
Hagerman, Inc
Haines, Isenbarger & Skiba, LLC
Howard P. Arnold Foundation
Hylant Group
Indiana Michigan Power
Indiana Tech
Lake City Bank
Master Spas
McMahon’s Best One Tire and Auto Care
Midwest America Federal Credit Union
New Process Corp.
OmniSource Corporation
One Lucky Guitar
Paint the Town Graphics
Physicians Health Plan of Northern Indiana, Inc.
Pizza Hut of Fort Wayne, Inc.
Pro Resources, Inc.
STAR Financial Bank
Vision Scapes, Inc.

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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

Patricia Adsit
William B. Andrews and Vicky L. Carwein
Anonymous (x13)
Mr. and Mrs. William E. Becker
Glenn and Janellyn Borden
John and Mary Brandt
Prof. and Mrs. William E. Briegel*
Kathy Callen
Rick and Louise Cartwright
Howard L. Chapman and Stephen L. Chapman
Arthur and Carol Cislo
Ms. Eve M. Colchin
Weston and Ellen Cutter
Michael Dobbs and Linda Binek
Sharon and Ben Eisbart
June E. Enoch*
Dr. John and Sharon Fallon
Dr. Fred C. and Mary Anna Feitler
Steve and Brenda Fishbaugh
Elizabeth A. Frederick
Herb and Carole Fuller
Linda Felger Gaff
Angela L. Green
Patricia S. Griest
Melanie Thexton Hall
Leonard Helfrich
Thomas A. Herr
Cristina Herrera
Mr. and Mrs. Scott F. Hill
Ms. Terra Hipp and Mr. Brian Miller

Bill and Ginny Johnson
Thomas Kerwin
Lisa and Duane Kiess
Mr. David Kirk and Mr. Michael Greene
Marvin* and Marva Komisarow
Dr. and Mrs. Jerry Mackel

Nancy Malis
Ed McCutcheon
William F. McNagny*
Scott A. Miller
Marita O’Neil-Maloley
Michael V. Parrott
Steve and Audrey Riley
Joan and John Ruble
Mark and Chris Rupp
Paul O. Sauerteig
Dorothy L. and Paul E. Shaffer*
Dr. Gloria Shamanoff
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Shepard III
Jay and Sandy Shumaker
Ian A. Stallings and Mary Ann Lawson
Ms. Betty E. Stein*
Mr. and Mrs. Don Steininger
Nancy Peck Stewart
Art and Karen Surguine
Scott A. Tarr and Dennis J. Greaf
Amanda and Eric Tracey
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.