As a small organization, every financial contribution makes an outsize impact at the Carpenter Center. Your generous support directly underwrites the commissioning of major new artworks and exhibitions, publications, and programs. Throughout our 60-year history, the Carpenter Center has worked to connect students and the public with contemporary art and artists who are grappling with the pressing issues of our time. Click here to donate.

For information or to make a donation please contact [email protected] or call 617.496.5387.

Become a Friend of the Carpenter Center

The Friends provide the Carpenter Center with essential funding to work closely with artists to realize major new artworks and connect viewers with the creative process. Joining the Friends offers an enriching relationship with artists, the Carpenter Center, and our educational community built around contemporary art. 

Friends include Harvard alumni as well as collectors and arts patrons with no direct connection to Harvard beyond their belief in the Carpenter Center’s unique program. We are always seeking to expand our circle of Friends! 

Why support the Carpenter Center? 

Through our program of commissions, students and the public are the first to engage with ambitious new artworks. 

For instance, the entirety of Jonathan Berger’s 2019 Carpenter Center commission—which the New York Times called an “utterly extraordinary sculpture installation”—went on to be a standout of the 2021 Whitney Biennial B. Ingrid Olson’s Carpenter Center commission was included in the 2024 Whitney Biennial Candice Lin was included in the Venice Biennale after showing at the Carpenter Center Tony Cokes’s Carpenter Center commission was recently acquired by the MFA Boston.

Thank you to our supporters!


$50,000 and above:

  • The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
  • Teiger Foundation


  • Margaret Wang


  • Lucy Baird
  • Jack and Dolly Geary
  • Girlfriend Fund


  • Carolyn Fine Friedman and Jeremiah Friedman
  • Kate Gilbert
  • Alexander Glauber
  • Marjory Jacobson
  • John Ravenal
  • Laura Steinberg
  • Andrew Witkin

At Harvard University generous support for Carpenter Center programs is provided by the Division of Arts and Humanities, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and the Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies.