The Michigan Chapter was founded in 1999 by business leader and philanthropist, Mr. Frank Stella. Mr. Stella was a friend of Ambassador William A. Wilson, who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan, in 1984 as the first American ambassador to the Vatican. Mr. Wilson established the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums in 1993 to restore and maintain the Vatican art collection.
Mr. Wilson encouraged his friend Frank Stella to found a Michigan Chapter and through the original board of directors, who included Frank Stella, Mary Lussier, Tarik Daoud and Jennifer Nassar. The Michigan chapter adopted Boticelli’s The Events in the Life of Moses as its first restoration project in the Sistine Chapel.
Since that time, the Michigan Chapter has gone on to assist in the establishment of several other chapters, including the Northwest Chapter and the North Dakota Chapter. In the last 10 years, the Michigan Chapter has also raised more than $500,000 and restored a number of projects in the Vatican Museums.