J. Wayne & Delores Barr Weaver Donate $3million to the Cummer Museum

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is excited to announce that long-time supporters J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver have made a $3 million gift through the Weaver Family Foundation Fund to endow the J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Chief Curator Position, currently held by Holly Keris. 

“The core of an art museum is its artistic program—it is this content that engages diverse audiences, that provides the stimulus for educational programming, and, at our institution, that connects gardens and galleries,” said Pam D. Paul, Board Chair. “The work of developing this program belongs first and foremost to the Chief Curator, and Delores and Wayne’s thoughtful gift guarantees quality in this role into the future—ensuring both the Cummer Museum’s sustainability, as well as its continued relevance to Jacksonville and Northeast Florida.”

Holly Keris, J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Chief Curator, has been with the Cummer Museum for 17 years and has been instrumental in the Museum's impactful exhibition season, including Eclectic Ecology: Landscape Perspectives from Ponce de León to Florida ManStriking Power: Iconoclasm from Ancient Egypt, and upcoming exhibition Eugène Louis CharvotDesigned to highlight and celebrate the Cummer Museum's extensive holdings of Eugène Louis Charvot, the largest collection of Charvot works in the world, this exhibition will be a reflection of this accomplished artist and prominent member of French society. Through an in-depth review of his career as an artist, the exhibition will focus on Charvot’s breadth of processes, productivity and inspiration in painting, etching, and drawing. The exhibition will coincide with a new catalogue about the artist, published by Holly Keris and the Cummer Museum and D. Giles Ltd. London with guest curator, Susan Gallo.

Delores Barr Weaver noted, “Our gift is meant to ensure that the Cummer’s Chief Curator continues to be a leading voice in our cultural community for generations to come.”

Because of their inspiring generosity to provide access and meaningful connections with art and nature, the Weavers encourage and advance Ninah Cummer’s vision for the Museum as a 'center of beauty and culture for all of Jacksonville.’

Top: J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver
Bottom: Holly Keris. Image courtesy of Bob Self