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Gift from professor emerita advances mission at Kennedy Museum of Art

ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 2, 2006) -- A generous gift to the Kennedy Museum of Art from College of Fine Arts Distinguished Professor Emerita Gladys Bailin-Stern helped KMA to acquire works on paper by her late husband, artist Murray P. Stern. This donation almost doubles the size of KMA's renowned Contemporary Print Collection. The gift also will enable KMA to create additional fine art storage space on the second floor in Lin Hall at The Ridges.

"The Kennedy Museum of Art is thrilled to acquire Stern's works on paper. The art is of exceptional quality, and the fact that this body of work was produced locally is an added bonus," said KMA Director Paul Legris.

The gift includes etchings, lithographs and pen, ink and pencil drawings by Stern valued at $30,000. An additional gift of $10,000 from Bailin-Stern is earmarked for the storage space renovation.

"As a friend and faculty member to the College of Fine Arts, we are incredibly fortunate to have Gladys' continuing partnership through the Kennedy Museum of Art," said Charles McWeeney, interim dean for the College of Fine Arts. "Gladys' donation of Murray's work to the museum offers a tremendous opportunity for us to expand our collection and outreach to the community. Her support of the museum and the College of Fine Arts is invaluable."

The gift also will allow students and scholars an opportunity to conduct research about Stern's body of work.

"After research is conducted, KMA intends to develop an exhibition of the work," said Legris.

Stern's work covers a variety of subject matter, from portraiture to major original compositions. He studied at the Brooklyn Museum School of Art in New York City with artists Moses Soyer and Ben Shahn and at the Jepson Art Institute in Los Angeles, with artists Rico Lebrun and Howard Warshaw. In 1953, Stern joined the United Scenic Artists union and worked in professional theater, television and motion pictures in New York.

Stern is an Ohio University Distinguished Professor Emerita of Dance. She retired in 2000. Her leadership contributed to the growth of the School of Dance in the early 1970s. She served as the school's director from 1983 to 1995.

The Ohio University College of Fine Arts, founded in 1936, comprises six professional schools: Art, Dance, Film, Interdisciplinary Arts, Music and Theater. Research units include the Kennedy Museum of Art and The Creativity through Technology Initiative. Programs in art, music and theater date to the late 19th century, while programs in interdisciplinary arts, dance and film were added in the 1960s and 1970s. The College offers 21 courses of study leading to Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees, as well as 20 Master of Arts or Master of Fine Arts degree programs. A doctoral degree is available in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts. Minors are offered in all six schools.   

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Media Contact: Kennedy Museum of Art John B. and Dareth A. Gerlach Director Paul Legris, (740) 597-1811 or (740) 593-0672 or legrisp@ohio.edu.

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