Planned Giving


Become a part of Ox-Bow's future. 

With a planned giving strategy, you can put your assets to work for any part of Ox-Bow you choose while sharing the benefits. Making planned gifts can provide a number of advantages, including current and future income tax deductions and effective estate planning options. Gifts may be made in your name or as an honorarium or memorial for another. You may designate specific media interests or programs that you wish to support with your gift.


1910 Society

The 1910 Society is comprised of visionary leaders whose generosity has made Ox-Bow flourish for over a century. 

In 1910, Frederick Fursman and Walter Marshall Clute founded a school of painting within one of the most spectacular natural landscapes along the shores of Lake Michigan. What began as the Saugatuck Summer School of Painting has become Ox-Bow, a creative haven that has lasted for more than 100 years. Fursman and Clute quickly gained the support of some of the most talented artists in Chicago. Among them was Thomas Eddy Tallmadge, an admired architect and pupil of Frank Lloyd Wright. Ox-Bow’s natural beauty and his experience inspired Tallmadge to purchase 110 acres of towering, forested dunes surrounding the campus and bequeathed its entirety to the school. 

Key visionary patrons have followed Tallmadge in leaving important legacy gifts to Ox-Bow. Without these leaders, Ox-Bow could not have flourished for over a century.


Ox-Bow welcomes Jimmy Wright to the 1910 Society. 

Long time faculty, friend and supporter, Jimmy has named Ox-Bow as one of the beneficiaries of his estate. Jimmy’s legacy gift will help ensure that Ox-Bow will thrive for another 100 years, enabling artists to enjoy the Ox-Bow experience for generations to come. 

By adding Ox-Bow to your estate planning with a gift of $10,000 or more, you will join Fursman, Rupprecht, Tallmadge, Burke, Metternich, and now Wright in the 1910 Society, Ox-Bow’s Benefactors whose extraordinary generosity shape Ox-Bow’s long history and ensure its bright future. 

For more information, please contact the Chris Renton, Development Coordinator via phone: (312) 629-6168 or email: