The Friends of Art History is an organization founded in 1982 by Professor Clifford Brown (now retired). The initial concept was to offer a series of special lectures to a group of financially comfortable individuals with an interest in art, in exchange for their donations to the Department of Art History. These donations enabled the Department to subsidize participation in study trips to cities such as New York, Washington and Boston by cash-challenged undergraduate students. Over the years the range of activities supported by members’ contributions has expanded.

The Friends offer two annual academic achievement awards, one each at the undergraduate and graduate level and one research travel bursary, the Odyssey Scholarship .  Books and periodicals that the Library could not otherwise afford have been subsidized by the Friends. Donations have been made to the Carleton University Art Gallery and to the Natalie Luckyj Scholarship Fund. In Carleton’s 2003 Donor Report, the Friends are listed among those who have donated more than $25,000.

Since 1982 scores of distinguished art historians, curators, art dealers and artists have given lectures at Friends’ meetings (typically there are six per academic year). Membership fees are not fixed. To encourage participation by young undergraduate students, $5.00 per year is the minimum membership fee. But many older, more affluent members contribute $100.00 or more per year. Anyone may attend any Friends’ lecture free of charge. It is hoped that this policy will encourage new memberships over time.

Become a member:

For further information, please contact:

Nancy Duff
Audio-Visual Resource Centre, 460 St. Patrick’s Building
520-2600 ext 2348

The Friends’ Lecture Series:

Friends of Art History Visual Culture Series 2016-2017

Friends of Art History Visual Culture Series 2015-2016
Friends of Art History Visual Culture Series 2014-2015
Friends of Art History Visual Culture Series 2013-2014
Friends of Art History Visual Culture Series 2012-2013
Friends of Art History Visual Culture Series 2011-2012
Friends of Art History Visual Culture Series 2010-2011
Friends of Art History Lecture Series 2009-2010