Mary Griggs Burke Center for Japanese Art 

Through a fundraising effort spearheaded by Matthew P. McKelway, the Takeo and Itsuko Atsumi Professor of Japanese Art History, the Department of Art History and Archaeology will establish the Mary Griggs Burke Center for Japanese Art and the Mary Griggs Burke Professorship of East Asian Buddhist Art History. Columbia University announced the gift from the Mary Livingston Griggs and Mary Griggs Burke Foundation on February 2, 2016.

The Burke Center will advance the understanding of the art and culture of Japan and its relevance to other fields of inquiry. The Burke Foundation’s gift will fund the center’s programs, including graduate and dissertation fellowships, predoctoral research grants, publication subsidies, conferences and symposia, and postdoctoral global core fellowships in Japanese art or other East Asian art fields. Mrs. Burke, who was renowned for her collection of Japanese art, was a steadfast supporter of the Department's programs in Japanese and East Asian art for over four decades.