The Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas, has announced that it has been awarded a landmark $20 million gift from the Walton Family Foundation. The museum will receive the money over a five-year period. The gift, which was made in honor of the institution’s longtime president of the board Ruth Carter Stevenson who died in 2013, will establish an endowment to support future exhibitions and programming.
Executive director Andrew J. Walker said, “This amazing endowment allows us to expand our offerings beyond what our current operating budget provides, and to engage the community on a deeper level. The Amon Carter is truly grateful for this tremendous demonstration of support.”
Stevenson’s daughter Karen Hixon, president of the Amon Carter board of trustees, said, “Mother and Alice were great friends and shared an extraordinary love and knowledge of art—visionaries both. Alice has been an important part of the Amon Carter and its board for many years. I am thankful for all she has taught me, and words cannot express my gratitude for this gift from the Walton Family Foundation in mother’s honor.”
Arts patron Alice Walton, currently chairwoman of the board of directors of Arkansas’s Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, served on the Amon Carter’s board of trustees from 2004 to 2015.