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SMU Meadows School of the Arts
(214) 768-3785


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DALLAS (SMU) -- The following are art scholars, historians, and university leaders who are available to speak to reporters regarding the re-opening of the Meadows Museum in its new facility on March 25, 2001. Located on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, the Meadows Museum is home to the most comprehensive collection of Spanish art outside of Spain including works by El Greco, Murillo, Goya, Picasso, Velázquez, Ribera, and Miró.

R. Gerald Turner is president of Southern Methodist University. He could discuss the importance of the Meadows Museum for the education of SMU students, scholarly research and community outreach through the museum's enrichment opportunities for area residents from schoolchildren to adults. He may be reached at his SMU office at 214-768-3300.

Carole Brandt is dean of the Algur H. Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. She may discuss the importance of the Museum, faculty and staff, the collection and programming, in the lives of all of Dallas and the region. She has played a leadership role in the vision for, funding and building of, and programming in the new museum. Her SMU office number is 214-768-2880.

John Lunsford is director of the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University. John can speak about the history of the Meadows Collection and Museum; art importance of the Meadows Collection; history of the new building project from inception to the present. He may be reached at his SMU office at 214-768-2853.

Pamela Patton is assistant professor of art history at the Meadows School of the Arts and an expert on Medieval Spanish art. Fluent in English and Spanish, Patton can speak extensively about Spanish art, specifically the works found in the Meadows Museum's permanent collection. She may be reached at her SMU office at 214-768-2793.

Edwin E. Sylvest Jr. is associate professor of the history of Christianity in SMU's Perkins School of Theology. He teaches courses concerning Christianity and the Hispanic tradition and uses the Meadows Collection in his teaching. He could discuss Christian themes in Hispanic art, particularly the popular devotion to the saints and the Virgin Mary. He may be reached at his SMU office at 214-768-3385.

Carol Stabler is director of communications at The Meadows Foundation. Stabler can provide background information and coordinate interviews to discuss the Foundation, Algur H. Meadows, and the Meadows Family. She may be reached at her office at 214-826-9431.


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