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November 17, 2000


Volunteer Steering Committee named for International Festival of Opening Events

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DALLAS (SMU) -- Dallas Civic Leader and Southern Methodist University trustee Linda Pitts Custard is leading preparations for the International Festival of Opening Events for the new Meadows Museum at SMU March 20-31, 2001. As festival chair, Custard leads the volunteer Steering Committee comprised of Debbie Stack, Barbara Page, Mary Roberts, Lynne Rutan and Barbara Stuart, Arrangements; Jan Pickens and Nancy Halbreich, Catering; Patsy Donosky, Rusty Glenn, Sharon McCullough and Tincy Miller, Decorations; Bess Enloe and Dona Martinez, Invitations/ Reservations; Sara Martineau, Music/Entertainment; Janet Kafka (Honorary Consul of Spain) and Rita Hortenstine, Protocol. In addition, Custard is leading the fundraising efforts for the museum's opening festivities.

Specific event chairs for the festivities are Lydia Novakov and Linda McFarland, reception honoring Communities Foundation of Texas, Inc. presenting sponsor of the inaugural special exhibition; Jeanne Marie Clossey and Arlene Dayton, Museum Member Seated Dinner; Barbara Sypult and Sonia Hamra, Museum Member Cocktail Receptions; Linda Gibbons, Prissy Gravely, and Tucean Webb, Press Tour and Brunch; Martha Coniglio, Meadows Family Dinner; Linda Pitts Custard, Private Opening; Becky Bright and Gail Madden, Community Celebration; Caroline Waggoner, SMU Open House; Jill Stephenson, SMU Alumni Association Reception; Dolores Barzune, Linda Marcus, and Margo Keyes, A Celebration of Cultures Honoring Spanish and Hispanic Organizations; and Nita Clark and Michelle Lockhart, Young Collector's Circle Supper.

The new facility to house the internationally acclaimed Meadows Museum Collection is currently under construction at SMU, and will open to the public at a Community Celebration on March 25, 2001. This new building will double the exhibition space for the Meadows Museum Collection and significantly expand facilities for research and for educational and public programming.

The Meadows Museum Collection is the most comprehensive and one of the largest collections of Spanish art outside of Spain. The collection consists of masterworks by Spanish artists dating from the 10th to the 20th century.

The inaugural special exhibition, "Poetics of Movement: The Architecture of Santiago Calatrava," in the new Meadows Museum will be a retrospective presentation of the work of Spain's great architect-engineer-sculptor Santiago Calatrava. The exhibition will run from March 25 through August 5, 2001. It is fully funded by a $275,000 grant from the Margot W. and Ben H. Mitchell Fund of Communities Foundation of Texas, Inc.

Designed by the Chicago-based architectural firm Hammond Beeby Rupert Ainge, the new Meadows Museum will be prominently located on Bishop Boulevard just north of the Mockingbird Lane entrance to the campus. The structure will replace the present museum, which opened in 1965 as part of the new arts center at SMU. The Museum's permanent collection has outgrown these facilities, and expansion of the collection has been hampered by limited exhibition space.

The Meadows Foundation provided $1.5 million in May 1997 for the architectural design of a new museum building. In April 1998, an additional gift of $18.5 million from The Foundation was awarded for construction of the building.

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