Above: AUM Art History students during an Old Master Prints tour in the Weil Graphic Arts Study Center.
The Weil Graphic Arts Study Center was dedicated on May 20, 1998 in memory of Adolph “Bucks” Weil, Jr. of Montgomery who was the primary donor to the Museum’s collection of Old Master prints: fine examples of European printmaking created between the 15th and the 19th centuries. Weil began collecting Old Master prints in 1970, and a significant portion of his outstanding private collection was bequeathed to the MMFA after his death in 1995.
The Weil Graphic Arts Study Center and its programming focus on the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts’ growing collection of all works on paper from the Old Masters to contemporary art. The Center provides an ideal environment for these intimate installations and is also designed as a conference space to serve advanced school groups for the appreciation of these works in a seminar-style setting.
In addition to exhibitions on view in the Weil Graphic Arts Study Center, the space is also available for academic institutions to study requested works on paper. The collection includes European (from the 15th century onwards) and American prints, drawings, and photographs. All requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. For questions or further clarification, contact the Education Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Print Collection
Weil collected only superior impressions of works by printmakers such as Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt van Rijn, Jacques Callot, and James McNeill Whistler. He and his wife, Jean Weil, also founded the MMFA’s Weil Print Fund in honor of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil, Sr. Since its initial establishment in 1980, this endowment has allowed the Museum to consistently purchase works that expand and elevate the overall quality of the Museum’s Old Master print collection.
Adolph “Bucks” Weil, Jr., and his wife, Jean.