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