Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler ’72

With her philanthropic foundations, Scripps alumna Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler promotes education through the visual arts. She has a particular interest in wide-ranging projects such as esoteric exhibitions, conservation, doctoral research, and arts education for girls in Africa.

Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler ’72 is well-known at Scripps College as a generous supporter of the institution’s arts and humanities. She has funded educational excellence at Scripps in many ways, including through an endowed academic chair and other faculty support, and a splendid residence hall. In addition, the Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Scholarships have supported twelve Scripps students who have received MA degrees in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art, a prestigious graduate program at the University of London.

Gabrielle was attracted to Scripps by its strong humanities curriculum. Her early education in Hong Kong and Switzerland had provided her with a strong appreciation of history, the arts, culture, literature and language, the very subjects that were the essence of a Scripps education.

A polyglot, (Gabrielle speaks English, French, German, Italian, and Portuguese, in addition to her first language, Cantonese), Gabrielle’s skill at languages was put to good use in her art history studies. She also studied Italian in Florence before commencing her junior year in Paris, where she studied architectural art history at L’Ecole du Louvre. Upon returning to Scripps for her senior year, she completed her thesis on 18th century French portraiture.

After graduation, Gabrielle expanded her interdisciplinary education through the culturally immersive experience of living in a wooden stilt home in Borneo. She gained a deep appreciation of Iban art and culture by exploring the wilderness by canoe, becoming acquainted with the indigenous people and staying in their traditional “long houses.”

Thereafter, Gabrielle, now the mother of two small children, moved to Luanda, Angola, which was slowly recovering from civil war and plagued by intense violence. During her five years in Angola, Gabrielle established a school for French-speaking students, drawing upon inspiration from the Mary B. Eyre School, which was then located at Scripps, as well as her undergraduate psychology classes. There were 17 students representing 14 nationalities who attended the school. She also strove to address the needs of the local population by arranging for the importation of basic medical supplies and sewing machines. With these provisions, she and a mission for unmarried mothers created a clothing manufacturing enterprise. As she observed, “What magic some fabric, a sewing machine and a pair of scissors can do.”

Upon settling in London, Gabrielle expanded her philanthropic endeavors, with a particular focus on education through the visual arts. She is drawn to wide-ranging projects such as esoteric exhibitions, conservation, doctoral research, and arts education for girls in Africa. Having become visually disabled at the age of 37, Gabrielle also seeks to extend visual arts education to those who share her disability.

Gabrielle is the proprietor of a large working farm in England that has become a model of enlightened organic farming and environmental sustainability, as evidenced by its use of thermal energy and solar power. Her farm is also an active contributor to the region’s economic health and civic well being through its support of artisanal crafts and local businesses.

In addition to her service on the Board of Trustees of Scripps College, Gabrielle is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Academy of Arts and is an Overseer Trustee of The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. She is actively engaged as a Friend of the Great Hall at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, a Member of the European Land Owner’s Association, and a Member of the Historic Houses Association.

 

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