Stanford University Museum of Art Announces Anonymous Gift to Endow Curatorship for Education

The Stanford University Museum of Art was pleased to announce the receipt of a $1.5 million gift that completed the endowment of the Museum's Curatorship for Education in 1997. The gift, from donors who wish to remain anonymous, also provided funding for some of the installations and education programs planned for the new Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for the Visual Arts.

Thomas K. Seligman, the John and Jill Freidenrich Director of the Museum said, "The Museum's education program is central to our mission. This generous gift from two of our most loyal friends permanently establishes a position that is crucial to our goals of integrating the Museum more fully into the University and the community."

The Museum's Curatorship for Education was initially funded with three-year grants from the San Francisco Foundation, the Pacific Telesis Foundation, and the Fleishhacker Foundation, who provided crucial seed monies while the Museum raised the curatorship's endowment.

The effort to raise the endowment was launched in 1993 with gifts from the Stanford Museum Docents, who raised approximately $100,000 from their own ranks. Important commitments followed from the estate of Frederick Frank, William Thomas in memory of Shirley Thomas, and the Jud Scholtz Family in memory of Ruth Scholtz. Both of these women were Stanford Museum docents.

Patience Young, formerly Head Curator of Education at the Detroit Institute of the Arts assumed the Stanford Museum's Curatorship for Education in January of 1995. Young holds a BA in Art history from Drew University, an MA in Art History and Museology from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and a Certificate in Principles of Management for Cultural Institutions from Columbia University.

At Stanford, Young directs the Educational Services Program, which provides extensive programming to the community and serves approximately 25,000 children and adults each year. She also is responsible for developing the important collaboration between the Museum and the University's teaching program.

Young is working closely with the other curators in the planning of exhibitions, permanent collections installations, and educational programs for the renovated and expanded Museum, which is expected to open in early 1999. She coordinated the development of the exhibition, Body Language: The Human Form in Art, on view from July 16, 1996 - April 27, 1997, in the Stanford University Art Gallery.

In announcing this gift, Seligman gave praise to the Stanford Museum docents. "The singular commitment of our docents over the past twenty-six years has resulted in an important and highly respected education program. This new gift enables us to take a significant step in the history of Stanford Museum education. The permanent establishment of the Curatorship for Education validates in a profound way, the essential core of our mission."