Directors Club Night at the Museum
Saturday April 4th members of the Directors Club were welcomed for a private showing at CU Boulder’s Art Museum by Director and Chief Curator Sandra Firmin and by Jessicca Lynn Bruneky, Director of Marketing and Membership. We enjoyed wonderful snacks with wine and beer while Sandra informed us about the Art Museum.
The CU Art Museum has grown into Colorado’s largest university art collection and is the only public art collection in the Boulder area. Their encyclopedic collection of over 8,000 objects encompasses 12,000 years of human civilization. CU’s Art Museum’s current state-of-the art building opened in 2010 with 25,000 sq. ft. that includes 8,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space, the Boettcher Foundation Education and Workshop room, and a spacious Collection Study Center, all of which encourage innovative interpretive activities. The exhibits are free to the public.
The Directors Club attendees were treated to a presentation and discussion on Buddhist art and iconography by Dr. Ariana Maki, Lecturer, Art History and Religious Studies at CU Boulder. She has research interests in the relationships between text, politics, and visual representation, the intersections of art and ritual, and the development of Bhutanese visual arts. Dr. Maki is the local curator for the exhibition Anonymous: Contemporary Tibetan Art, and is also Associate Curator of Himalayan Art Resources. Her enthusiastic presentation was filled with interesting stories of artists and her student’s reactions to them.
Ryan Maggs, a senior in the Art Program who is currently working with Sandra, provided us with a discussion on African Art, talking about African sculptures and pottery. The African exhibit contains several Roman Coins in varying degrees of condition, from significantly worn to many in mint condition.
After viewing the exhibits the members were shown the Education and Workshop room and the Collection Study Center. The private showing concluded with a tour of the museum vault where items not on exhibit are stored. You can visit the CU Art Museum’s online collection through this portal: http://5065.sydneyplus.com/CU_Art_Museum_ArgusNet/Portal.aspx?lang=en-US&p_AAEE=tab4
The opportunity for the private showing was orchestrated by Larry Drees, Directors Club Board member and Rebecca Reifel, CUBAA Senior Chapters Manager and Directors Club Alumni Association Liaison. Thanks to you both for a job well done.
Who we are and what we do
The Directors Club is a membership organization at the University of Colorado Boulder that supports the Alumni Association, the faculty, our students and the university community through capital projects, educational programs, scholarships and social activities that promote interest, loyalty and connection to CU. The Directors Club is open to EVERYONE interested in supporting CU regardless of your alumni status.
Club members enjoy a wide variety of events during the year, including two social meetings (January & June), a Spring arts-related event and a football pre-game in conjunction with the Chancellor’s pre-game. We also interact with our scholarship recipients and CU athletes from our sports teams.
Our two social meetings always include the opportunity to hear from CU’s top faculty members and coaches. We learn about the many CU activities in scientific research, in educational excellence, in collaboration with other universities and, of course, what is happening in the wonderful world of CU sports.
The two day summer meeting is generally held at a nearby mountain resort with plenty of time for outside activities like hiking, shopping, golf and enjoying the resorts amenities. The one day winter meeting is held in or near Boulder to facilitate attendance during our unpredictable winter season.
Using proceeds from our annual scholarship fund drive (with a 1-to-4 match from the CU Foundation) and a small portion of our endowment earnings, we fund three year scholarships for first year students from Colorado high schools. We are currently supporting 10 such scholarships.Learn more about our current scholars. With your help, we can grow our scholarship program to include more deserving students.