The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported today that Donna and Donald Baumgartner, longtime donors to the Milwaukee Art Museum, will be gifting the institution $8 million for the purpose of supporting a new director position.
In the past, the Baumgartners have made significant contributions to the capital campaign for the museum’s expansion. Donald Baumgartner has served as a board president and as a member of the selection committee that chose architect Santiago Calatrava to design a building addition that opened in 2001. At the moment, Baumgartner is a trustee.
The Milwaukee Art Museum’s current director, Dan Keegan, will be leaving the position this week after seven years in the role. The museum is now conducting a search for his successor, who will be called the Donna and Donald Baumgartner Director.