CONTACT: SUSAN SPRAY
Director of Development
UI Museum of Art
500 Alumni Center
Iowa City IA 52242
UI Museum of Art receives valuable gifts of art
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Recent gifts of art objects to the University of Iowa
Museum of Art have enhanced its collections in several areas.
More than 90 African staffs have been given by Margaret H. Coudron of Ypsilanti,
Mich., to the University of Iowa Museum of Art. Many pieces from the collection
were displayed in 1994 with other items from the museum's permanent collection
in the exhibition, Staffs of Life: Rods, Staffs, Scepters and Wands from
the Coudron Collection of African Art. The exhibition traveled to the
University of Michigan Museum of Art in 1995 and to the Minneapolis Institute
of Art in 1996. A catalogue from the exhibition, Staffs of Life, was prepared
and is available at the UI Museum of Art.
"This gift is extremely important to the Museum of Art," said Stephen
Prokopoff, director of the museum. "The African staffs are not only beautiful,
but the sheer number of them will provide our students and faculty a comprehensive
and diverse collection for study."
Eugene A. and Ina L. Schnell of Tyringham, Mass., and Longboat Key, Fla.,
have given the museum three exquisite Peruvian textiles. Financial contributions
from the couple will help underwrite the cost of a catalogue of the extensive
collection of Pre-Columbian objects, which the Schnells have given to the
museum over the course of a dozen years. Additional textiles that the museum
will receive in the future from the Schnells' private collection also will
be featured in the catalogue. Prior to making their gifts, the Schnells frequently
have had their art restored by art conservators, which provides a considerable
savings for the UI Museum of Art.
"Gifts of art are an important and often primary means for expanding
the museum's core collections," said Susan Spray, director of development
for the UI Museum of Art. "These gifts provide a wonderful resource for
students and museum patrons alike."
The museum's African art collection is one of the largest of its kind in
the U.S., and the UI Museum of Art also has an extensive pre-Columbian collection.
Maryette Charlton of Schooleys Mountain, N.J., has given the museum a very
significant Frederick Kiesler sculpture. Charlton, a friend of Kiesler's widow,
donated the work in memory of another of her friends, Leone Elliott, one of
the first and most generous benefactors of the UI Museum of Art. Titled "Man
and Woman Entangled in Business," the work is from Kiesler's Us-You-Me
composite sculptural installation shown in the museum during the fall of 1995.
According to Stephen Prokopoff, "Kiesler was one of the great innovative
spirits of this century whose work is only now beginning to attract the world-wide
appreciation that it merits."
The UI Museum of Art, located at 150 North Riverside Drive in Iowa City,
is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5
p.m. Admission is free.
The University of Iowa Foundation is the preferred channel of support for
private contributions, including gifts of art, to all areas of The University
of Iowa. Foundation staff work with alumni and friends to provide scholarships
and other forms of support for the UI.