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Windgate Foundation Gift Supports Bradbury Art Museum


JONESBORO – Bradbury Art Museum at Arkansas State University has announced it has received major philanthropic support from the Windgate Charitable Foundation of Siloam Springs, Arkansas.

“'We are honored to have received this substantial gift from the Windgate Charitable Foundation," said Les Christensen, director of Bradbury Art Museum.  "The foundation's generosity has allowed us to significantly enhance our exhibition schedule, public outreach programming and the museum’s interior."

Those projects made it possible for BAM to complete an evolution from university gallery to art museum that began just over a year ago, Christensen explained.

"Since receiving this gift, we have been able to broaden our outreach and meaningfully engage museum visitors and program participants in a larger variety of artistic experiences that are enlightening and educational," she continued.  "Thanks to the Windgate Charitable Foundation’s belief in our mission, we will be able to continue these efforts."

Bradbury Art Museum is located in Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Dr., on the A-State campus.  The foundation gift follows a challenge gift, announced one year ago, from museum benefactors Curt and Chucki Bradbury of Little Rock.  With the Windgate Foundation investment, the university has achieved and exceeded its goal of $1 million, within one year, in support for the museum.

"The Windgate Charitable Foundation continues to demonstrate its commitment to art and art education through this gift," according to Dr. Carl Cates, dean.  "Support such as theirs allows us to bring vital educational experiences to the region."

Patrons enjoy new exhibitions at Bradbury Art Museum

The Windgate Charitable Foundation is a private grant-making foundation established in 1993.  Its principal goal is to fund projects that strengthen marriage and family relationships, promote art and craft education, support youth programs and K-12 education, and assist Christian higher education.

The announcement was made in conjunction with the opening of a new series of exhibitions that feature different types of portraiture by four artists -- Delita Martin, Nina Katchadourian, Tad Lauritzen Wright and Andrew Kilgore.

The exhibitions run through Oct. 9.  Museum hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, and by appointment.  Admission to the exhibitions is free.

For additional information, one may contact the museum at (870) 972-2567.

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