An event on Sunday, Feb. 13 is set to mark the dedication of the Brauer Museum of Art’s new Byron Lee and Josephine Luecke Ferguson Galleries, which will increase the museum’s gallery space by approximately 25 percent. The museum is located in the Center for the Arts on the campus of Valparaiso University.
The Ferguson Galleries will contribute to the prominence of the Brauer Museum of Art’s permanent collection of modern and contemporary works. These galleries were made possible through the support of longtime Brauer Museum donors Byron Lee Ferguson ’48 and Josephine Luecke Ferguson ’46.
Byron Lee Ferguson was Professor Emeritus of Chemistry after serving in Valparaiso’s Department of Chemistry for 38 years. He passed away in 2005. Josephine Luecke Ferguson served from 1950 to 1965 as the Director of Student Services and then the Director of Student Financial Aid at Valparaiso University. She is a resident of Valparaiso.
Josephine was the founding director and administrator of the FRIENDS of Art membership group for the Brauer Museum of Art. Byron served on the University’s Museum Council for more than 20 years and was involved in the FRIENDS of Art “poster project.” The poster project placed hundreds of posters, many purchased by the Fergusons on their travels, around campus in order to help familiarize students with artists and museums from all over the world.
The dedication event begins at 3 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Greetings and opening comments will take place in Duesenberg Recital Hall, also located in the Valparaiso University Center for the Arts, followed by a blessing and ribbon-cutting ceremony in the museum.
"The elegant Ferguson Galleries reflect the culmination of years of work. They acknowledge and celebrate the Fergusons’ dedicated support of the museum. In addition to seeing the newly renovated galleries, viewers can also see displayed in the galleries new additions to the permanent collections purchased with Ferguson funds for this debut,” said Brauer Museum Director/Curator Gregg Hertzlieb.
"Supporters like the Fergusons ensure that Valparaiso University will grow and thrive in the 21st century. Their dedication to one of the jewels of campus, the Brauer Museum of Art, shows what donors can do to enhance the quality of the Valpo experience for our students and for the greater Northwest Indiana region," explained Valparaiso University President Mark Heckler.
The Brauer Museum of Art was founded in 1953 and displays works of American art from 1830 to the present. The museum’s permanent collection of more than 3,000 works includes outstanding paintings by distinguished American artists, a collection of pieces by Junius R. Sloan, and works of international art of a religious nature.
The museum is also a home for exhibitions, lectures, panel discussions, and gallery talks.
For more information on the Brauer Museum of Art, visit valpo.edu/artmuseum/.
The Black History Month Dinner Celebration sponsored by Black Student Organization and Office of Multicultural Programs is on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. (doors open at 5:30) at the Harre Union Ballroom. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for general admission; formal attire is requested.
The event is intended to promote student mentoring. As a result, the Office of Multicultural Programs have some tickets available, at a discounted price, to faculty or staff who wish to purchase a ticket(s) for their student(s) mentee. High school student groups may also contact the Office of Multicultural Programs at 464-6769 for a group discount. Otherwise, tickets may be purchased at the Union Information Desk, Harre Union.
The program content will include a keynote address by LouJeanne Walton, associate professor emerita of social work, who will present “What Does Black History Month Mean: Personal Perspective." Walton earned her undergraduate degree in social work at Valparaiso University. She completed her graduate work at the University of Chicago School of Social Work. Walton began teaching at Valpo in 1970 and was later appointed as chair of the social work department. A few of her accomplishments at Valpo include becoming the first African-American woman to receive tenure, being named the first recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. award, and receiving the O.P. Kretzmann Award, which recognizes alumni for long-time and exemplary service as a university employee. Walton served on numerous committees, co-advised the Black Student Organization, and was co-founder of the Black Alumni Association. She Walton retired from Valpo in 2005.
Other highlights of the dinner will include a special guest performance by Preacher Moss titled “End of Racism." This comedy and lecture tour is the winner of various "best diversity act" awards. Nominated for comedian of the year by NACA, Preacher Moss is a comedic and social tour-de-force on the tough issues of diversity and race relations. Moss' insights, credibility, and balance on the issues of race make "The End of Racism" comedy tour one of the most sought after diversity events on college campuses today. Prepare to laugh, think, and be inspired. Further, a silent auction will benefit the Office of Multicultural Programs' scholarships and the Book Assistance Program. Items for sale will include art work from notable artists, cultural figurines, books, and jewelry; proceeds will go toward establishing the Dr. Bill Marion, Jr. First Generation College Student Scholarship Fund. A special video, produced by Professor Phillip Powell of the communication department, will be showcased on notable African-American historical figures. There will also be poetry readings throughout the evening's program.
Other events and activities scheduled in honor of Black History Month include: