Monday, January 16, 2006

wonderful - wesleyan to build an art museum!

it sounds lovely and would give us ALL a better chance to see these works of art. it's a shame they can only be displayed now on a rotating basis.

wesleyan university

Building A Museum To Exhibit Treasures
Courant Staff Writer
January 15 2006
MIDDLETOWN -- Wesleyan University has more than 20,000 prints and drawings by artists such as Rembrandt, Goya and Jasper Johns.It has stone, terracotta and glass from ancient Greece and Rome; a renowned collection of 17th-century American pewter; and musical instruments from around the world.What the university doesn't have is the space to properly display its treasures.But that will change. Wesleyan has embarked on a drive to build a $26 million museum to house the thousands of items that it has accumulated. The museum will be at the heart of the campus in an elegant brick building that once housed squash courts.The effort, still in the planning phase, recently received its first major gift: a $500,000 donation from Monica and Richard Segal, a New York couple with strong ties to the university."We are very excited to be a part of this wonderful and long-desired project, and know that the new museum will add immeasurably to the cultural community of Wesleyan and its surrounding area," Monica Segal said in an e-mail.The museum would be both a teaching tool for Wesleyan students and a resource for the community, said John Paoletti, a professor of art history and director of the nascent museum. "We've got some wonderful, wonderful things, but we don't have adequate places to show them and store them," he said................

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