Windgate Foundation gifts $15 million to Montana’s The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts – the most generous gift it’s ever received

The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts

The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts recently received a $15 million endowment gift from the Windgate Foundation, the largest gift ever in The Bray’s 71-year history.

“It definitely came as a pretty major surprise… and it was definitely much larger than I hoped or imagined for,” said Steven Young Lee, The Bray’s director emeritus and special projects manager.

Windgate Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting contemporary craft and visual arts in the United States, has been helping support The Bray for more than a decade.


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Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts (The Bray) was founded at the foothills of the Montana Rockies in 1951 by entrepreneur, brickmaker, and avid arts patron Archie Bray, who intended it to be a place to “make available for all who are seriously interested in the ceramic arts, a fine place to work.” The primary mission is to provide an environment and connection with other serious artists that stimulates creative work in ceramics.

Located on the site of the former Western Clay Manufacturing Company, the 26-acre historic brickyard campus has more than 17 buildings, including a 12,000-square-foot resident artist studio facility, a new education and research facility, multiple sales and exhibition galleries, renovated administrative offices, and a facility for ceramic retail and manufacturing. The property is open to artists, students, gallery visitors, and ceramic supply customers, as well as the general public for classes, gallery visits, retail activity, self-guided tours, and structured group visits.

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