The Department of Art in the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecturehas received a gift of $100,000 from Dallas Price of Santa Monica to establishan endowed fund and to provide support for the New Wight Gallery. The donationwas announced by Daniel Neuman, dean.
"We are very grateful to Dallas Price for her generosity, whichwill greatly assist us in the realization of the innovations taking placein the art department," said Neuman. "Her gift will help ensurethat it maintains its position as one of the most highly regarded and progressiveprograms in the nation."
The majority of the gift will be designated to establish The DallasPrice Endowed Fund for Art. Income from the fund will support the mostinnovative projects and pressing needs of the department, and may includelecture series and symposia, visiting artists, exhibitions of student workand the production of catalogues showing student projects.
In addition to the endowed fund, Price's gift will directly assist theNew Wight Gallery's annual exhibitions program, which includes an M.F.A.thesis show, a juried exhibition of undergraduate work, a group show ofwork by graduating seniors and several exhibitions curated and producedby a committee of art students. Price has also made plans to support theSchool of the Arts and Architecture with a bequest of $1 million.
The donation reflects Price's long-standing and important involvementwith the university. She joined the UCLA Board of Trustees in 1989, serveson Campaign UCLA's Cabinet, Board of Governors and Board of Directors,and has been active at the UCLA Law School.
"I have a contemporary art collection that gives me great pleasure,and I live in an architecturally exciting home," said Price. "Withmy donation I want to encourage and make it possible for students to reachgreater heights so their talents can bring joy to others. I hope my giftwill help make it possible for UCLA's art students to fulfill their careerhopes and for the department to continue to provide them with an outstandingeducation."
"We are grateful to Dallas Price for her personal interest in thevisual arts and for the exceptional generosity of her gift," saidMary Kelly, chair of the department. "The endowment will support theinnovative programs in the Department of Art, including the exhibitionsprogram, which constitutes an essential part of our students' professionaltraining."
Aiming to raise $1.2 billion by June 30, 2002, Campaign UCLA is themost ambitious private fund-raising effort in the history of public highereducation. To date, more than $813 million has been raised to support students,faculty, academic programs and facilities across the campus. The comprehensiveendeavor is engaging thousands of members of the UCLA family -- alumniand friends, corporations and foundations, faculty and staff -- in partnershipsinspired by the Campaign UCLA theme, "Where Great Futures Begin."