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May 17, 2002

THE MEADOWS SCHOOL OF THE ARTS ANNOUNCES $300,000 GIFT FROM THE MEADOWS FOUNDATION FOR TEMPORARY MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS

DALLAS (SMU) -- The Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University announced that it has received a gift of $300,000 from The Meadows Foundation for mounting temporary exhibitions at the Meadows Museum.

“We are extremely grateful to The Meadows Foundation for its exceptional, ongoing commitment to the school and the museum,” said Carole Brandt, dean of the Meadows School of the Arts. “This gift is particularly meaningful because it allows the museum to begin to address its mission in a substantive way.”

“This generous gift will have a significant impact on our future,” said Meadows Museum Interim Director Greg Warden. “In fact, it is only because of this gift that we can even think of undertaking the ambitious and exciting schedule of exhibits we’re planning for the next few years.”

The Meadows Foundation gift will help fund the three exhibits planned for the museum’s year-long “Celebration of Sculpture.” The exhibits include “De Agua y de Luna: Sculptures in Silver From Mexico,” Jun. 30-Aug. 25, 2002; “Provisional Self: Sculpture and Drawings by Jay Sullivan,” showcasing works by the chair of the Division of Art at the Meadows School, Sept. 15-Dec. 8, 2002; and an exhibition of recent works by contemporary sculptor James Surls, Jan. 24-Apr. 20, 2003.

“With this gift, the Meadows Museum will be able to showcase to our community three dramatic sculpture exhibits that celebrate the creative spirit in mankind,” said Linda Evans, president and chief executive officer of the Foundation. “Our board remains committed to the pursuit of excellence in education that was the hallmark of Al Meadows’ philanthropy during his lifetime. He believed that art inspires the imagination and raises the human spirit, and we hope that those who view these exhibits will learn and grow from the experience,” Evans concluded.

The Meadows Museum houses one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Spanish art outside Spain. With works dating from the 10th to the 20th century, the internationally renowned collection presents a broad spectrum of art covering a thousand years of Spanish heritage. Included are masterpieces by some of Spain’s greatest painters: El Greco, Goya, Miró, Murillo, Picasso, Ribera and Velázquez.

The Meadows Museum and its distinguished collection were developed through the generosity and dedication of the late Algur H. Meadows of Dallas. The Meadows Foundation has continued to support the museum through the years and provided $20 million for design and construction of the new museum building, which opened in March 2001.

The Meadows Foundation is a private philanthropic institution established in 1948 by Algur H. and Virginia Meadows to benefit the people of Texas. The Foundation’s mission is to assist the people and institutions of Texas in improving the quality and circumstances of life for themselves and future generations.

Since its inception, the Foundation’s assets have grown to a current value of more than $850 million, and it has dispersed over $430 million in grants and direct charitable expenditures to more than 2,000 Texas institutions and agencies. Foundation grants support work in the fields of arts and culture, civic and public affairs, education, health and human services. The Foundation has a particular philanthropic interest in three areas: public education (particularly in the areas of early child development, enhanced reading skills and teacher preparation), mental health and the environment. It also seeks to develop a philanthropic spirit among high school and middle school students and has awarded more than $2 million to over 200 schools in North Texas whose students planned and carried out community service programs.

The Meadows Foundation is among the most recognized private philanthropies in the country. It has received numerous awards for both its philanthropy and its management. It was the first recipient of the Texas Medal of the Arts for sustained support of arts and culture in Texas, and was named an Outstanding Foundation of the Year by the National Society of Fund Raising Executives. For additional information, contact The Meadows Foundation on the worldwide web at http://www.mfi.org.

This latest gift from the Foundation counts toward The Campaign for SMU: A Time to Lead, a five-year fund drive ending May 31, 2002. It is the most successful fund-raising campaign in the history of SMU and of the North Texas region, raising more than $532 million in gifts and pledges for scholarships, academic positions, new or renovated facilities, and student life initiatives.


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