Donor Spotlight: The Frick Collection


By Alexandra Ruiz
Part of a mini-series highlighting New York City museums as materials donors and recipients of MFTA. We deeply appreciate these cultural institutions’ generosity and contributions towards the  sustainability of the city’s arts and education community.

A trip to the Frick Collection (1 East 70th Street), a long standing donor of Materials for the Arts, transports visitors back in time on a creative journey through Western history. Housing a collection which spans from the Italian Renaissance all the way to the Industrial Revolution, the Frick galleries are lined with renowned examples of Western European painting, sculpture, and decorative art.

The Frick has been a donor to Materials for the Arts since 1994 and open to the public since 1935. Donations from the Frick include many materials of functional value, from hundreds of paper products, 2,116 pounds of office supplies, and even 179 chairs. Their contributions to MFTA’s warehouse have been appreciated by a variety of organizations and community centers such as the Flea Theater and the Brooklyn Public Library. The total value of the Frick’s donations over the past two years totals a whopping $14,006, with a total weight of 7,741 pounds.


As a committed and esteemed partner of Materials for the Arts, the Frick Collection has contributed significantly to a larger city-wide mission of community service, conservation, and reuse of items. Perhaps most importantly, they show how art should be universally accessible. The Frick regularly invites schools and group visits to its facilities and hosts free open studios such as the Wednesday Night Sketch.

Check out some of the fantastic things happening at the Frick. They have regular Docent Talks that introduce the collection, and this summer, they are hosting a series of free evenings inspired by their current sculpture exhibition. On August 15 from 6 – 9 pm, the Frick is hosting Men in Armor, celebrating the work of 16th century artist El Greco. Who turns down free stuff? We sure don’t! A big thanks to the Frick Collection!

Alexandra Ruiz is the Summer 2014 Donations and Development Intern. She has been recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, the Columbia College Young Authors Competition, Random House Publications, and Marlboro college for various creative works in writing and the arts. From Brooklyn, she currently is a member of the NYC-based band, PetalWar. A recent graduate of Bard High School Early College Manhattan, she will start her first semester at Brown University this coming fall.