Twenty-six years ago Bob Culver, Jim Eisentrager, and Joe Ruffo – with the help of faculty, including Dan Howard – formed a support group for the School of Art, Art History & Design at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. At the time Bob was an alumnus, Jim a professor, and Joe was the chairman of the school.

The group was named MEDICI – an acronym for "Most Esteemed Donors, Intellects, Colleagues and Individuals." MEDICI was designed to be a friends group that raised money exclusively for the School of Art, Art History & Design. Over the years this group of donors has raised over $260,000 for the school.

For the first twenty five years MEDICI raised funds by hosting an annual event where artwork was donated, exhibited, and sold. In November of 2019 MEDICI launched its membership program to create another avenue for donors to support the school while staying informed about UNL exhibitions, visiting artist, and member exclusive events. The annual MEDICI fundraiser event also became a biennial showcase exhibition to allow for it to be displayed at multiple locations across the state before being sold at the fundraiser event.


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