Annual Art Series Lectures
The Benjamin West Lecture, made possible by gifts from members of the Class of 1905 and other friends of the College, is given annually on some phase of art. It is the outgrowth of the Benjamin West Society, which built up a collection of paintings, drawings, and prints, which are exhibited, as space permits, in the buildings on campus. The lecture was named for the American artist who was born in a house that stands on the campus and became president of the Royal Academy.
Endowed by the family and friends of Lee Frank '21, sponsors each year a special event in the Art Department: a visiting lecturer or artist, a scholar or artist in residence, or a special exhibit.
The Donald J. Gordon Art Fund was established in 1998 by a gift from his children and their spouses on the occasion of his 70th birthday and 50th anniversary of his graduation from Swarthmore College. The fund supports visiting artists.