July 12-13, 2001

                                   

ITEM 112-1012-R0701       Renaming of the Museum of Fine Arts to The Montana Museum of Art and Culture; The University of Montana-Missoula

 

THAT:                                   The Board of Regents of Higher Education authorizes The University of Montana-Missoula to change the name of the Museum of Fine Arts to The Montana Museum of Art and Culture.

 

EXPLANATION:                  The Museum, housed in the Performing Arts and Radio-TV Center on The University of Montana campus, now comprises 1,700 square feet of gallery space, including the Henry Meloy and Paxson galleries.  The Museum collection, currently valued at over $10 million, represents one of the largest collections of fine art in the State.  Currently raising money for a new facility, the University expects to more than double available Museum gallery space, provide needed offices for staff, work areas for curation and cataloguing and educational areas including classrooms and laboratories.