SBU Expects Grant for Art History Program

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ALLEGANY, N.Y. — An undergraduate art history program, led by Xavier Seubert, is being planned for St. Bonaventure University here.

The awarding of a $600,000 grant award over three years was announced by Sister Margaret Carney, OSF, university president, who said that the funding will launch an undergraduate interdisciplinary program in art history. Xavier will be the program’s initial director.

Sr. Margaret announced on April 12 that the John R. Oishei Foundation in Buffalo had preliminarily approved the grant which is contingent upon the art history major receiving approval by the New York State Education Department, which, she said, is anticipated this summer.

The grant would allow the university to phase in the hiring of two full-time art history professors, pay for additional program coordination and teaching stipends, partially underwrite costs associated with collections management at the Quick Center for the Arts, and fund additional teaching, museum, and library resources for the program.

The university administration wanted to “share our excitement about this wonderful grant award, and the validation of our institution’s ability to launch such an initiative,” Margaret said.

SBU to Celebrate the Arts in Manhattan
Next month, Xavier will be leading a private gallery tour in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in conjunction with Celebrate the Arts at St. Bonaventure, an event being held in conjunction with The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The May 18  program at The Liederrkranz in Manhattan will be preceded by Xavier’s tour highlighting the relationships between the St. Bonaventure University art collection and the collections at the Met.