Mead Receives Generous Grant from the Butler Family Foundation

January 3, 2013, 413-542-2295


AMHERST, Mass. -- On Oct. 30, 2012, the Mead received a $35,000 grant for unrestricted operating support from the Butler Family Foundation in memory of Kate Butler Peterson. Mrs. Peterson, a long-time Trustee of the Foundation and a loyal supporter of the Mead Art Museum for more than three decades, passed away in January of 2011.


Mrs. Peterson was born in 1940 to the late Patrick and the late Aimee Butler, who established the Butler Family Foundation in 1951. Mrs. Peterson studied English and American literature at the Rosary College in Chicago, and married her husband, the late Hall James Peterson, in the early 1960s. In 1975, Mr. and Mrs. Peterson established the Hall and Kate Peterson Fund, which has provided essential funding for the museum's exhibitions and exhibition-related programs ever since. In addition, Mr. and Mrs. Peterson generously donated more than twenty works of art to the Mead between 1976 and 1985. In 2008, Mrs. Peterson gave to the museum an impression of Andy Warhol's celebrated silkscreen print of Mao Tse-Tung.


"All of us at Amherst College are deeply grateful for the Butler Family Foundation's unwavering support," noted Elizabeth Barker, the Mead's Director. "We feel particularly honored to have received this remarkable gift, which continues Mrs. Peterson's important legacy at the Mead." The grant will be used to support the Mead's fall 2012 exhibition, Reinventing Tokyo: Japan's Largest City in the Artistic Imagination, and to construct a new pedestal on which to display the museum's ancient Roman sarcophagus.

Image: Andy Warhol, Mao Tse-Tung, 1972. Silkscreen print. Gift of Kate Butler Peterson.

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