The purpose of the Iris Foundation is to advance education in the decorative arts, design history, and material culture and to promote the understanding and appreciation of all cultures. The Foundation is named for Iris Weber, the mother of Susan Weber. The Iris Foundation Awards were created in 1997 to recognize scholars, patrons, and professionals who have made outstanding contributions to the study and appreciation of the decorative arts as expressions of taste, ideology, and cultural aspirations.

The Koç Family
Hans Ottomeyer
Alisa LaGamma
Mark McDonald

Proceeds from the Iris Foundation Awards Luncheon fund graduate student scholarships and fellowships. Your support enables our students to study without financial pressure, while providing the BGC the opportunity to recruit the most talented and promising students from around the world.