Caldwell Marks was one of the BMA’s “three musketeers,” along with Henry Goodrich and Bill Spencer. In the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, they worked together to spearhead the campaign to raise more than $22 million for the expansion and renovation of the Museum, Caldwell, of course, contributing generously to the effort himself. He was a tireless advocate, engaged board member, and a trusted advisor to the Birmingham Museum of Art throughout his lifetime.
Mr. Marks’ support spanned the full range of giving, including donating to the annual fund, holding an upper level membership, helping the Museum acquire art, supporting the Museum Ball, and providing for the Museum in his estate plans. An active member of the European Art Society, he purchased a major painting for the Museum’s collection by the landscape master Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, in memory of his late wife Jeanne.
Sadly, Caldwell Marks passed away last year, and his loss is deeply felt within the Museum family. However, Mr. Marks provided for the BMA in his estate, and thanks to this planned gift, the Museum will work with his family to identify a significant work of art to acquire in his memory. Although he is no longer with us physically, his legacy and generosity will live on in our galleries and our hearts.
Please consider following in Caldwell Marks’ footsteps and remembering the BMA in your estate plans. Bequests can be for any purpose, ranging from unrestricted gifts to endowment funds or purchases of art. Let us work with you today to help identify the most appropriate designation for such an important contribution. For more information, please contact Claire Gray, interim senior development officer, at [email protected] or 205.254.2086.