Louise and John Bryson at the Mogao Grottoes, the site of a Getty Conservation Institute project, in 2008.

Getty Conservation Institute Receives $5 Million Gift

The J. Paul Getty Trust announced today that it has been gifted $5 million from philanthropists John E. Bryson and Louise Henry Bryson. The contribution will establish a new endowment fund supporting the work of the Getty Conservation Institute.

“As the former chair of the Getty board of trustees and a founding member of the GCI Council, Louise Bryson knows firsthand the critical work that the GCI undertakes to advance the field of cultural heritage conservation,” said Maria Hummer-Tuttle, the current chair of the Getty’s board of trustees. Getty president and CEO Jame Cuno added, “We simply can’t do everything we’d like to do without significant gifts like this one from the Brysons.”

Louise Bryson has worked in the media industry for thirty-four years, serving as president of distribution for Lifetime Television, executive vice president and general manager of Lifetime Movies, and senior vice president at FX Networks. John Bryson has served as the US Commerce Secretary under former president Barack Obama and was a member of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Advisory Group on energy and climate change. Earlier in his career, he helped found the Natural Resources Defense Council and led Edison International for nearly twenty years.

“John and I are deeply committed to the mission of the Getty, and passionate about the work of the Getty Conservation Institute in particular,” said Lousie Bryson. “We are pleased to make this gift to allow the GCI to pursue its conservation work in a world where cultural heritage is increasingly at risk.”