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SMU Meadows School of the Arts
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SMU Meadows School of the Arts
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October 12, 2001

SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY MEADOWS SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

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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, cinema-television, 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 and 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 new Meadows Museum, which opened in March 2001, houses the most comprehensive and one of the largest 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: El Greco, Velázquez, Ribera, Murillo, Goya, Miró and Picasso. Highlights of the collection include Renaissance altarpieces, monumental Baroque canvases, exquisite Rococo oil sketches, polychrome wood sculptures, Impressionist landscapes, modernist abstractions and a comprehensive collection of the graphic works of Goya. The museum, located at 5900 Bishop Boulevard at the entrance to the SMU campus, also includes a restaurant, gift shop, education areas and public event spaces, and offers membership and volunteer opportunities along with a speakers’ bureau.

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 institution offering a broad range of high-quality undergraduate programs and is committed to the centrality of the liberal arts in its educational mission. SMU also offers excellent graduate and professional programs in selected areas.

The cultural and intellectual partnership SMU shares with Dallas continues to flourish, and Dallas citizens form a devoted 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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