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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

NEWS: The Friends of the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery Make Major Contribution

The Friends of the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery
Make Major Contribution
to the Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA)

Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah: True friends are always there for you to make you look good and offer support and the Friends of the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery are true friends of art. On January 17, 2013, the Friends board came together to contribute $25,000 to the Southern Museum of Art which will be built on the campus of Southern Utah University. This donation brings the Friends three-year gift total to $75,000.

Anne Marie Gardner, Chair of The Friends, was enthusiastic about this donation. “I am so pleased that the Friends of the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery have been so successful in their fundraising efforts and have been able to make significant contributions to SUMA. We believe that this new museum will show the world that southern Utah is the home of great natural beauty and world class art.”

In addition to the donation, the Friends are planning the 21st Annual Art Auction, their chief fundraising event of the year. The Auction will be an 80th birthday celebration in honor of the late Jim Jones, the beloved regional painter. More information about the 21st Art Auction will be released at a later date.
The Friends of the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery is a non-profit group established in 1977, just one year after the Gallery was opened on the Southern Utah University campus. For nearly 35 years the Friends have helped enrich lives through their sponsorship of world-class exhibitions and outstanding arts education programs. Each year Friends'-supported exhibitions attract legions of art lovers from throughout the intermountain west. In Focus: National Geographic Greatest Portraits exhibition saw a record number of attendees from throughout the region.  Other Friends' sponsored exhibitions seen in recent years at the Braithwaite Gallery include Francisco Goya: Los Caprichos, Chihuly BasketsSoviet Era Art: 1917-1991 and the recent Everything in Between: Art Quilts, Fabric Collage and Embroidery. All of these exhibitions were free to the general public and provided educational arts experiences for thousands of Iron County K-12 students.
You too can be a Friend of the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery for as little as $60 annually. If you are interested, visit http://www.suu.edu/pva/artgallery/friends.html or call (435) 586-5432. Become a Friend, broaden your horizons and show your support for art in southern Utah.
The Southern Utah University College of Performing and Visual Arts is comprised of nationally accredited departments of Art and Design, Music, Theatre Arts and Dance, as well as a graduate program in Arts Administration and a Center for Shakespeare Studies. The College offers 16 different degree areas, including liberal arts Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees; professional Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Fine Arts in art and theatre degrees; and a Master of Fine Arts in Arts Administration degree. More than 60 full- and part-time faculty and staff are engaged in teaching and mentoring over 550 majors in the College. Over 1100 students enroll each year in over 195 arts classes on the SUU campus. The College presents 100 performances, lectures, presentations, and exhibitions each year. The College’s affiliate organizations include the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, American Folk Ballet, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and the SUU Ballroom Dance Company. For more information about the College of Performing and Visual Arts, contact the Office of the Dean at (435) 865-8561, or by e-mail at 

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