Margaret and Bill Benjamin Auditorium at Weatherspoon Honors Inclusion and Accessibility
UNC Greensboro Board of Trustees member Margaret Benjamin ’01 MA and her husband Bill Benjamin are lifelong advocates for the essential role of museums in communities. That is why they are making a real-world impact through their Light the Way: The Campaign for Earned Achievement gift to the Weatherspoon Art Museum.
The Margaret and Bill Benjamin Auditorium at the Weatherspoon Art Museum was formally dedicated in recognition of the couple’s support of UNCG on September 16, during the All That Glitters: Weatherspoon Open House.
The Benjamins’ gift will endow a faculty fellowship grant and support a discretionary fund that allows the Anne and Ben Cone Memorial Endowed Director of the Weatherspoon Art Museum to tackle projects that make the museum more accessible to its patrons.
“The Margaret and Bill Benjamin Endowed Faculty Fellowship is the first to enable UNC Greensboro faculty to plan a course or exhibition based on the museum’s renowned collection of modern and contemporary art,” said Anne and Ben Cone Memorial Endowed Director Juliette Bianco. “We thank Margaret and Bill for sharing a vision of the Weatherspoon as an increasingly accessible and inclusive space for teaching and learning with exceptional works of art. We are honored to dedicate the Benjamin Auditorium as a forum for engagement in recognition of their generosity and commitment.”
Margaret, a member of the UNCG Board of Trustees, has served on the Light the Way Steering and Planning Committees, and the UNCG Board of Visitors, as well as on the Weatherspoon Arts Foundation Board of Directors and the Weatherspoon Art Museum Advisory Board. A member of the national Museum Trustee Association Board, she has powerfully advocated for our nation’s museums. She received the American Alliance of Museums Champion Award in 2017 and the Star Advocate Award in 2018.
Bill has been actively involved with a number of charitable and professional organizations serving both on various committees and boards. He is an attorney and practices law in Greensboro, and he also is licensed as a North Carolina certified public accountant, and real estate broker.
“Margaret and Bill’s gift will certainly enrich the experience of UNCG students and faculty as well as patrons of the Weatherspoon Art Museum,” said Board of Trustees Chair Betsy Oakley. “We’re so grateful for the Benjamins’ leadership and the lasting legacy it will leave.”
“Bill and I hope that these two funds will continue to expand and enhance the mission of the Weatherspoon Art Museum as catalysts within the university academic community and beyond for students and faculty to experience learning directly with the museum collection across academic disciplines, putting the collection in a central role of multidisciplinary learning for all,” said Margaret Benjamin. “These funds have the potential for significant strategic impact. Bill and I feel so fortunate to support museums on both the local and national levels and the Weatherspoon Art Museum is truly an exceptional university art museum.”
UNCG’s Light the Way: The Campaign for Earned Achievement seeks to raise $200 million to increase access, elevate academic excellence, and enhance the tremendous impact of UNCG’s programs. Visit lighttheway.uncg.edu for additional information.
The Benjamins make remarks at the Dedication Ceremony for the Benjamin Auditorium in the courtyard of the Weatherspoon Art Museum on September 16, 2022. UNCG Board of Trustee Vice Chair Mae Douglas and Chancellor Gilliam look on.