Michael and C. Jane Hurley Wilson make visionary gifts

The College honored C. Jane Hurley Wilson ’64 and Michael G. Wilson for their visionary and multi-faceted gifts to Scripps College at a dinner on May 1 in the Hampton Room of the Malott Commons.

Mary Davis MacNaughton ’70, director of the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, recognized the Wilsons for creating “what many believe is the pre-eminent private collection of 19th-century photography, widely known for its superb quality.” More recently, the Wilsons have been building a collection of more contemporary work and have made a gift to the College of 27 photographs, including Julia Margaret Cameron’s renowned Portrait of Kate Keown, 1866.

MacNaughton thanked the Wilsons for their support of the visual arts at Scripps, through donating works of art to the permanent collection, funding 16 years of paid student internships, and helping to improve the gallery’s facilities. “In particular,” said MacNaughton, “we celebrate their most recent gift, the creation of the C. Jane Hurley Wilson and Michael G. Wilson Photograph and Print Study Room.” This state-of-the-art climatecontrolled space makes the permanent art collection accessible as a resource for teaching.


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