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EODIAH Celebrates Four Years

The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History at the University of Texas at Dallas celebrated its fourth academic year by honoring Edith O’Donnell, its inspirational founder, at a special dinner on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 in the Ann and Jack Graves Ballroom of the Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center located at UT Dallas.

The evening was hosted by Dr. Richard C. Benson, President of the University, and the Founding Director of the Institute, Dr. Richard R. Brettell.  Following a film tribute to Mrs. O’Donnell for her generosity and commitment to the arts, Dr. Brettell announced that major gifts have been received to begin plans to build the W. Ray Wallace Athenaeum which will house a new art library and major art collection that have been promised to the University.

In addition, he shared that the new headquarters of the O’Donnell Institute will be housed in the Wallace Athenaeum, which will be surrounded by gardens designed by Peter Walker, the world-renowned landscape architect behind the landscaping master plan funded by the University’s most important donor, Margaret McDermott.  With these gifts received, UT Dallas is poised to create The Wallace Athenaeum at the very center of its campus and to provide a place of inspiration and intellectual exchange in the arts on a campus dedicated to STEAM.

Attendees of the Fourth Annual Dinner included: Edith and Peter O’Donnell; Dr. Richard C. Benson, President, University of Texas at Dallas, and Leslie Benson; Dr. Richard R. Brettell, Founding Director of The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History, and Dr. Caroline Brettell; Gay and Bill Solomon; Mr. Richard Barrett; Carol Kradolfer; Ruth O’Donnell Mutch; Mrs. Margaret McDermott; Beatrice Carr Wallace; Caren Prothro; Dr. Hobson Wildenthal; Wendy and Jeremy Strick; Nancy Dedman; Rachael and Bob Dedman; Elizabeth Boeckman; Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller; Roger Horchow; Mary McDermott Cook and Dan Patterson; Dr. Kern Wildenthal and Marnie Wildenthal; Mrs. Nancy Shutt; Mrs. Peter Denker; and Ms. Pat Patterson.

EODIAH thanks its many generous friends and supporters. We look forward to working with all of you to achieve our future plans. Stay tuned for more information and ways you may wish to support this ambitious project.

Edith O’Donnell; back row (left to right) Carol Kradolfer, Peter O’Donnell, Jill Wilkinson, Ruth Mutch, Travis Andres, Mary Gorter

Mary McDermott Cook and Dan Patterson

Margaret McDermott, Richard Barrett, and Dr. B. Hobson Wildenthal

(Left to right) Richard Barrett, Mrs. Ray Wallace, Dr. Richard Brettell

Dr. Caroline Brettell, Mrs. Ray Wallace, and Caroline Brown

Dr. Richard C. Benson, President of UT Dallas; and Mrs. Leslie Benson

Rachael and Bob Dedman, and Mrs. Nancy Dedman

Gay and Bill Solomon, and Ms. Salle Stemmons

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Your gift at any level helps fund our many collaborations, scholarly seminars, lectures and art history programs that provide an unparalleled resource to our community and beyond.

For more information, call Lucy Buchanan at (972) 883-2472 or email at lucy.buchanan@utdallas.edu.

Sincerely,

Lucy M. Buchanan

Director of Development

The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History

EODIAH Donors

Mrs. Edith O’Donnell

The O’Donnell Institute was founded in 2014 through an extraordinary lead gift from Mrs. Edith O’Donnell. Mrs. O’Donnell is joined by other individuals and institutions whose generosity and energy support our work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOUNDING DONOR

Edith O’Donnell

 

MAJOR DONORS

Mrs. Eugene McDermott

The Hamon Charitable Foundation

The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation

The State of Texas

Mrs. W. Ray Wallace

 

O’DONNELL CIRCLE – $25,000

Mr. and Mrs. John Ridings Lee

George Schnerk

 

DIRECTOR’S CIRCLE – $10,000

Margot B. Perot

Salle Stemmons

 

PATRON – $5,000

Communities Foundation of Texas

Mr. Harlan Crow

Carolyn and Bob Dickson

Legett Foundation

George A. and Nancy P. Shutt Foundation

 

SUPPORTER – $2,500

Elizabeth Boeckman

Nancy M. Dedman

Mr. and Mrs. Peter J. Denker

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Grant

Ms. Ruth Mutch

Vin and Caren Prothro Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. Paul T. Stoffel

 

CONTRIBUTOR – $1,000

Mr. and Mrs. Elliott Catarulla

Eugene and Rhoda Frenkel

 

PARTNER – $500

Lucy M. Buchanan

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Campbell

Mary McDermott Cook

Mr. and Mrs. George Lee, Jr.

The Dallas Foundation – Mr. and Mrs. William T. Solomon, Sr.

Ms. Patricia Patterson

 

SPECIAL RECOGNITION

Mrs. I.D. “Nash” Flores III

Roger S. Horchow

Winifred and Ivan Phillips

Mr. Peter Rathbone and the Estate of Perry Rathbone

Eve Reid

Dr. David Wilcox

 

 

For more information, call Lucy Buchanan at (972) 883-2472 or email at lucy.buchanan@utdallas.edu or go to our website utdallas.edu/arthistory/support

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Report of the Director

Richard Brettell - AH - Margaret M. McDermott Distinguished Chair in Aesthetic Studies - Art History

Richard Brettell – Margaret M. McDermott Distinguished Chair in Aesthetic Studies – Art History

The specialist history of Chinese Art in America is now more than a century old, and we have important collections of Chinese Art and concomitant art historians who specialize in Chinese art in virtually every American city. Yet, with Maoist China, both commerce in Chinese art and active scholarly interchange was in hiatus. Now, with the openness of China and with the competitive edge in the world economy swinging in its direction, any serious art history institute must reckon with China.

Fortunately, we at UTD have one of the first Confucius Institutes in the US, and its Director, Dr. Ming Dong Gu, is a native of the great imperial and university city of Nanjing (which we used to call Nanking). Through Dr. Gu’s efforts, we at the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History were invited by the Institute of Art to the University of Nanjing.

Our idea was simple, to introduce for the first time in a major Chinese university (whose origins go back to the third century of the common era!) an Institute of the Study of American Art in China (ISAAC). Our partner in this endeavor is the Amon Carter Museum, whose collection of American Art and whose unparalleled library and archive of American Art history is one of the great resources of North Texas. Dr. Andrew Walker and I went to China under Dr. Gu’s expert guidance and spent several days in Nanjing.

It was, for both of us, our first trip to China and was in every way life-changing. We landed in Shanghai, took the fast train to Nanjing, and were immediately immersed in the graduate school campus of the University of Nanjing. Our tour of the beautiful old campus included the Pearl Buck House, where the first American Woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature lived in the 1920’s and early 1930’s when Nanjing was the capital of Republic China. This block-like, grey brick house now stands empty in the center of the campus and is, for Americans, an architectural talisman of a time when Americans played a vital role in the international understanding of China.

In our conversations with Dr. Zhou Xian, the distinguished Director of the Art Institute of Nanjing University, the graduate students in its distinguished program of aesthetics and art history, and the undergraduates at the new suburban undergraduate campus of the University of Nanjing, both Andrew and I were impressed by the rare combination of knowledge and curiosity that is essential to the most important scholarship.

We began to conceive together an Institute for the Study of American Art in China that has four components: 1. Systematically training Chinese Art historians to teach and research the history of American Art, 2. Publishing an evolving series of important titles in American Art History in Chinese, 3. Bringing distinguished American art historians to Nanjing for a series of Summer Courses in American Art History, and 3. Imagining with colleagues at Chinese museums a program of exhibitions of American Art in China.

Before we left and in more intensive conversations after our return, we discussed these efforts with Chicago’s Terra Foundation for American Art, who will become the fifth partner in an initial three-year joint funding of this institute with the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History and the Confucius Institute at UTD, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, and the University of Nanjing.

This program of cooperation among a Chinese and an American university, an American museum, and an American foundation committed to promoting knowledge of American Art history outside our borders, can—and will—have a profound effect both on China and on the US. American Art historians have contributed so much in the past century to the art historical knowledge of European, Latin American, African, and Asian institutions. With ISAAC (our felicitous acronym), we will create a fertile context for US in the United Sates to learn about ourselves from Chinese scholars.

With wonderful direct flights from DFW airport to China, the work already accomplished by our Dean, Dr. Dennis Kratz, and the director of our Confucius Institute, will take on a new dimension and add the University of Nanjing to the highly “curated” international alliances of the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History. We will have active programs in Nanjing and Naples, in Munich and Zurich, and, perhaps, in France. Edith O’Donnell has allowed us at UTD to spread our wings, and we have flown far and wide.

Become a Friend

More than three years ago, the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History was founded with a $17 million gift from Mrs. O’Donnell, one of the largest single donations in the history of UT Dallas. With her largesse and under the leadership and vision of Dr. Richard Brettell, an exciting future is ahead for the Institute.

To expand the Institute’s work, a new Master’s in Art History will be launched in Fall 2017. This new initiative for the University will prepare a select and highly qualified group of students for careers in art research, education, museums and conservation. With the Institute’s headquarters in the Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building at UT Dallas and the Dallas Museum of Art, future scholars will be inspired and motivated to learn about art in museum settings, taking advantage of an abundance of resources in our regional collections.

Other initiatives include an innovative international research partnership with the Museo di Capodimonte in Naples led by Dr. Sarah Kozlowski, Assistant Director, and a major art conservation initiative led by Dr. David McPhail, Distinguished Chair of Conservation Science. Both are the genesis of new collaborations with museums throughout the world.

We thank the following donors for their support of the O’Donnell Institute.  We invite you to join us as a “Friend” and be a part of Dr. Brettell’s vision to make EODIAH one of the world’s great art institutes and one of the greatest assets to UT Dallas and the cultural life of Texas.

FOUNDING DONOR
Edith O’Donnell

MAJOR DONORS
The State of Texas
Mrs. Eugene McDermott
The Hamon Charitable Foundation

O’DONNELL CIRCLE
The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation

DIRECTOR’S CIRCLE
Salle Stemmons

PATRON
Mr. Harlan Crow
Communities Foundation of Texas
Carolyn and Bob Dickson
Mr. and Mrs. John Ridings Lee
Legett Foundation

SCHOLAR
Ms. Ruth Mutch
George A. and and Nancy P. Shutt Foundation

PARTNER
The Dallas Foundation – Mr. and Mrs. William T. Solomon, Sr.
Mrs. Nancy M. Dedman
Ms. Patricia Patterson

SPECIAL RECOGNITION
Winifred and Ivan Phillips
Mr. Peter Rathbone and the Estate of Perry Rathbone
Eve Reid
Roger S. Horchow
Mrs. I.D. “Nash”  Flores III

You may make a gift at www.utdallas.edu/arthistory.

Please call me at (972) 883-2472 or email me at lucy.buchanan@utdallas.edu. I look forward to discussing the many significant ways you can help support the Institute and become a part of our exciting future.

Sincerely,

Lucy M. Buchanan
Director of Development
The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History