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The Jack Shear Million Dollar Challenge
Supporting the Tang Teaching Museum's Publications

The Jack Shear Million Dollar Challenge - Every dollar matched 1:1 doubling the vallue of your gift

CHALLENGE DETAILS

  • A $500,000 challenge, with all gifts and pledges matched dollar for dollar.
  • Funds raised will directly support the Tang’s robust publication program.
  • Your support secures the Tang’s reputation as a visionary and leading museum that brings extraordinary educational opportunities to campus.

Extend the Tang’s mission beyond the Museum’s walls.

Skidmore alumni, parents and friends have a unique opportunity to strengthen the impact of the Tang Teaching Museum’s award-winning publications.

Jack Shear, an artist, curator and longtime advocate and supporter of the Tang, has presented the Museum with a $500,000 gift to endow a new Publications Fund and to challenge other Skidmore supporters to match him. Donors can instantly double their gift and raise the endowment to $1 million.

The Tang’s publications are vital to ensuring the Museum’s interdisciplinary mission extends beyond its walls and the campus to reach a broader audience. The publications contribute to urgent cultural conversations and help shape the art history of the future.

Thank you to Jack Shear for creating this opportunity and to members of the Skidmore community for joining to make this match a reality.

Set of books lined up spine to spine all associated with the Tang Museum

Evelyn Wang '19 leads a dicussion on zine-making inspired by work from the Tang collection.

Evelyn Wang '19 leads a dicussion on zine-making inspired by work from the Tang collection.

Jack Shear signs a copy of “Borrowed Light,” a Tang publication featuring photographs he donated to the Tang.

Jack Shear signs a copy of “Borrowed Light,” a Tang publication featuring photographs he donated to the Tang.

Matthew Neporent ’20 and Eva Herschler ’19 interview artist Sam Durant about his work in the Tang collection.

Matthew Neporent ’20 and Eva Herschler ’19 interview artist Sam Durant about his work in the Tang collection.

The Tang Teaching Museum’s Publication Program

  • 73 publications, including exhibition catalogues and scholarly magazines
  • 30 catalogues in the Opener Series
  • 13 catalogues of faculty-curated exhibitions
  • 11 AAM Publication Awards

Creativity and Scholarship at the Tang

The Tang’s publication program is a unique and vital form of scholarship. Virtually no other museum of the Tang’s scale publishes as prolifically or with as much recognition, witnessed by the many awards it has received. These publications are tools for ongoing learning and research. They garner new and expanded audiences, and add to the reputation of the faculty, who act as co-curators and authors, as well as to Skidmore College itself.

The Museum has won numerous awards in the American Alliance of Museums annual publications competition. Most recently, a first prize in the Magazines/Scholarly Journals category for Accelerate: Access & Inclusion at The Tang Teaching Museum (No.1), which features scholarship by Skidmore faculty and students, and artists with work in the Tang collection. That first prize was shared with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

AAM Award-Winning Publications

First Prizes
  • Accelerate: Access & Inclusion at The Tang
  • Teaching Museum (No.1) (2018)
  • A teaching museum is… (2016)
    Fred Tomaselli (2010)
Second Prizes
  • Kara Walker: Narratives of a Negress (2003)
Innovation in Print Design
  • Everything is Connected (2016)
Honorable Mentions
  • Nancy Grossman: Tough Life Diary (2013)
  • Twice Drawn: Modern and Contemporary Drawings in Context (2012)
  • Dario Robleto: Alloy of Love (2009)
  • Hair: Untangling a Social History (2004)
  • Work: Shaker Design and Recent Art (2001)
  • We the People exhibition-related posters (2013)