The Medici Society is an organization that recognizes major donors to the College of Fine Arts at Western Michigan University. Founded in WMU's centennial year, the elite society convenes annually to celebrate the arts in programs of distinction.
The Medici Society draws its roots from the 14th- to 16th-century lineage of astute businessmen who were also political agents influencing the Italian Renaissance through their beneficent support of artists, poets, architects and scientists. For example, the Medici family nurtured Rafael, Galileo and Michelangelo. Their generous patronage, unparalleled in European history, greatly advanced the commissioning of new art works and enhanced universities of the day. "Semper," the Medici motto, embodied their faithful support of the arts.
Members of the Medici Society are recognized for influencing the development of artistic talent and academic scholarship. Each year the Society bestows the Cosimo Cap to extend special gratitude to a member for financial, political or strategic advancement of the College of Fine Arts.
To be eligible for Medici Society membership, patrons of the arts exemplify beneficence and adherence to the motto, "semper." Donors plan, pledge or give a membership gift of $10,000 or more to any program in the College of Fine Arts and contribute sustaining gifts of $2,000 per year.
To discuss your membership in the Medici Society, contact Tom Egan or Renee Pearl at (269) 387-8700.