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SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY: MEADOWS SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

The Meadows School of the Arts, in the 35 years since it was established at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, has achieved prominence as one of the foremost arts education institutions in the United States. The Meadows School of the Arts offers instruction in advertising, art, art history, arts administration and corporate communications, electronic media and film, dance, journalism, music and theatre. The goal of the Meadows School of the Arts, as a comprehensive educational institution, is to prepare students to meet the demands of professional careers. It is also committed to providing an ongoing opportunity for all SMU students to grow in the understanding and appreciation of the arts.

The Meadows School of the Arts serves the public as a significant cultural center by presenting more than 400 events annually for the Dallas community and surrounding region. Performance facilities include the Bob Hope Theatre, the Greer Garson Theatre, the Margo Jones Theatre, Caruth Auditorium, the Charles S. Sharp Performing Arts Studio, and the O'Donnell Lecture/Recital Hall. The Greer Garson Theatre includes a classical thrust stage, modeled after the great thrust stage theatres of the world. It is also home to the G. William Jones Film and Video Collection. The Jake and Nancy Hamon Arts Library brings together the visual arts, theatre, dance, music and communications collection in a 53,000-square-foot library in the Meadows School of the Arts. The Pollock Gallery of the Division of Art, located in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center, offers free exhibitions of student work (both graduate and undergraduate); contemporary work by regional, national, and international artists; and historical work from all cultures.

The Meadows Museum houses one of the finest collections of Spanish art outside of Spain. The Museum presents major works dating from the Middle Ages to the present, including masterpieces by some of Europe's greatest painters: Velázquez, Ribera, Zurbarán, Murillo, Goya, Miró and Picasso. In March 2001, the construction of a new Meadows Museum will be completed. Located on Bishop Boulevard at the entrance to the SMU campus, the new facility will provide increased space and improved accessibility for the Meadows Museum Collection. The Meadows Foundation has pledged a total of $20 million for the construction of the facility.

The Elizabeth Meadows Sculpture Garden displays a collection of major works by such modern masters as Rodin, Maillol, Lipchitz, Henry Moore, David Smith, Claes Oldenburg and Isamu Noguchi. Noguchi's sculpture, Spirit's Flight, carved of Japanese basalt and supported by a stainless steel column on a granite base, was commissioned by the Meadows School of the Arts and installed in August, 1979. The sculpture symbolizes the Algur H. Meadows Award for Excellence in the Arts.

Southern Methodist University is a private, comprehensive university of more than 10,000 students located in Dallas, Texas. It offers undergraduate degree programs in humanities and sciences, the arts, business, engineering, and applied science, and graduate programs in these fields as well as theology and law.

The cultural and intellectual partnership SMU shares with Dallas continues to flourish, and Dallas citizens provide an appreciative audience for the more than 400 music, dance and theatre performances, opera productions, and art exhibitions that the Meadows School of the Arts presents each year.

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