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Fostering A Love of Art

Alison and Jamie Small '81

from The Bridge: Fall 2012/Winter 2013 issue

Alison and Jamie Small '81Allison and Jamie Small '81, of Midland, Texas, have made a $100,000 challenge gift to a new endowment fund that Washington and Lee has established in memory of Pamela Hemenway Simpson, the Ernest Williams II Professor of Art History, who died in October 2011.

The Pamela H. Simpson Endowment for Art will enrich the educational mission of the Department of Art and Art History, including its ability to bring prominent visitors to campus and to support students who visit studios of visiting artists.

The Smalls made their gift to encourage other alumni and friends to support the fund. They will match gifts on a dollar-to-dollar basis. 

"It is important to acknowledge the impact Pam had on the W&L community, including me," said Small. "Being a geology major, I was not drawn to art naturally. After taking one of Pam's courses as an elective, however, the love of art was nurtured and continues to thrive even 30 years since my graduation. Alison and I want to support the University's commitment to bringing talented artists and visiting faculty to campus, who add another dimension to the program and will foster a love for art among the student body."