Mary Wolfe

Mary Wolfe

BGSU granting honorary degree to local arts patron

Mary T. Wolfe, a longtime supporter of the arts and education in northwest Ohio, will receive an honorary doctorate of fine arts from BGSU at summer commencement.

Wolfe, who earned a master’s degree in fine arts from Bowling Green in 1968, has been involved with the University’s art program for more than 30 years. The Perrysburg resident and artist was an art history instructor on campus for many years, as well as director of the McFall Center Gallery and a founding member of the Medici Circle, the society of patrons of the School of Art.

Also a member of the BGSU Foundation Board from 1992-95, she is now a BGSU Arts Advocate and a member of the National Campaign Steering Committee for Building Dreams: The Centennial Campaign for BGSU.

Wolfe and her husband, Frederic, are generous philanthropists who support the arts both at BGSU and elsewhere.

Mary Wolfe, who holds a bachelor’s degree in art history from Wellesley College, is an independent art consultant who frequently lectures at national and international venues, in addition to BGSU. Her primary fields of interest are Greek and Roman classical art, Italian Renaissance art, Italian mannerism, and modern art.

A past interior designer for Kingston HealthCare Co., she has also found artists to create murals for commercial buildings and has sold other artists’ paintings to private collectors.

Gov. Bob Taft has appointed Wolfe to a third, five-year term on the Ohio Arts Council board—one of many on which she serves. She is a trustee of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, WGTE Public Broadcasting and the Alliance of Artists Communities in Providence, R.I., and a member of the Valentine Theater (Toledo Cultural Arts Center Inc.) Executive Committee and the Wellesley College Museum Advisory Committee. She is a former member of the boards of the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo and the Toledo Community Foundation.

July 31, 2006