When Cameron University students, faculty, staff and community members from across southwest Oklahoma visit the university's McMahon Centennial Complex (MCC) next spring, they will admire the art on display in the facility's Inasmuch Foundation Art Gallery. Following approval by The University of Oklahoma, Cameron University and Rogers State University Board of Regents earlier today, CU President Cindy Ross announced that the MCC's art gallery will be named in recognition of the Inasmuch Foundation, whose generous $200,000 gift to the Cameron University Changing Lives Campaign provided funding for the art gallery's creation.
"In keeping with The Inasmuch Foundation's mission to support charitable, scientific and educational causes that enrich and enhance the lives of those they touch, it is fitting that this beautiful showcase for artistry and creativity carry the Inasmuch Foundation name," says Ross. "Cameron University is pleased to recognize the generosity of the Inasmuch Foundation and the vision of Edith Kinney Gaylord. We are deeply grateful for the Foundation's support."
"The Inasmuch Foundation is honored by the naming of the art gallery in the McMahon Centennial Complex," says Robert J. Ross, President and CEO of the Inasmuch Foundation. "Our gift to the Changing Lives campaign was intended to benefit the students of Cameron University and to encourage them to take an active interest in the arts. I foresee that visitors to the Inasmuch Foundation Art Gallery, whether students, faculty, staff or members of the community, will be inspired by the artwork on display."
The Inasmuch Foundation Art Gallery will occupy a premier location in the MCC at the east entrance to the building. Because of the high volume of campus and community traffic through this portal, the Inasmuch Foundation Art Gallery will be a focal point of the MCC. The collections displayed in the art gallery will be changing and eclectic to reflect the rich heritage and variety of art in Oklahoma.
In addition to providing a dedicated venue for exhibiting the work of Cameron University students and faculty, the gallery will enrich the community by exhibiting Cameron's significant collection of Native American art, travelling art exhibits, and shared displays with local museums such as the Leslie Powell Gallery, the Museum of the Great Plains and the Ft. Sill Army Museum.
The late Edith Kinney Gaylord established The Inasmuch Foundation in 1982 to support charitable, scientific and educational projects primarily in Oklahoma. The Foundation consistently provides funding and support to educational, health and human service, cultural, artistic, historical and environmental concerns.
December 1, 2009