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UAM Receives $100K Gift

The University Art Museum (UAM) has received a $100,000 gift from Wesley and Mary Hampton in support of exhibition and education programs related to the Gordon F. Hampton Collection of mid-century American paintings and prints.

This gift will provide opportunities for scholarly investigation and present the Hampton collection at the museum annually over a period of five years. The funds will also support publishing an extensive fully illustrated catalogue about the collection.

In the past year, the museum has made strategic changes to its education department to better meet the needs of CSULB students, as well as Long Beach community schools and districts by increasing the budget for those programs and adding new staff.

These exhibitions will provide valuable experiences for interns and students in the Museum Studies Program, present the arts to children in school-based and summer programs, and offer a meaningful installation for our community audiences.

In recognition of this very generous gift, the UAM named the program The Wesley and Mary Hampton Exhibition and Education Program.

“This gift by Wesley and Mary Hampton has provided the UAM an important opportunity to showcase the collection and continue researching many of its important works,” said UAM Director Christopher Scoates. “One of our most valuable resources is the Hampton Collection. This incredible body of work has been the inspiration for several exhibitions since 1999, but we have barely scratched the surface. The opportunities for scholarly investigation by our curatorial staff as well as the museum studies students are numerous. As part of our new programming strategy, we want to use the Hampton Collection for research and present the collection in new and exciting ways.”

The collection, received by CSULB on the occasion of the museum’s 25th anniversary, is comprised of 85 works of art.

As a result of this very generous gift, the UAM will present the first of five exhibitions titled “Grand Gestures: The Gordon F. Hampton Collection” on view June 28-Aug. 12.