Couple Donates $500,000 for UI Art Museum Program

Looking south along the Iowa River, the University of Iowa Museum of Art (center) and Art Building West (top left), on Monday, May 6, 2013. (Liz Martin/The Gazette-KCRG)

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By Ben Hoppenworth

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Chicago couple has donated $500,000 to support a collection-sharing project for the University of Iowa Museum of Art.

The gift commitment from Matthew and Kay Bucksbaum will benefit a program that brings small, pre-selected exhibitions from the museum's collection to museums, nonprofit galleries and art centers in Iowa.

The collection-sharing program began after a historic flood in 2008 damaged the museum and other campus buildings. The gift was made through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Since the flood, the museum's collection of 14,000 paintings, sculptures, and other objects has largely been housed at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport and other sites around campus.

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