Caring and preserving a permanent collection of art is one the principal responsibilities of an arts institution in possession of a cultural trust. CAU’s permanent art collection is one of the University’s most esteemed assets, as it is a national patrimony that serves as a pedagogical resource across academic disciplines. In an effort to augment the institution’s commitment to care for its collection, the Galleries offers an “adoption” program focusing on numerous works that require conservation. Selected paintings and prints from the permanent collection are presented here for donors to “adopt” for the cost of their conservation. We hope our audience will embrace this essential program by becoming proud “parents” of some of the Collection’s most important treasures for the following reasons:
This program is the innovation of the collection’s principal patrons, Brenda and Larry Thompson, and the family of artist Frederick Flemister, who have been instrumental in the documentation and promotion of the Clark Atlanta University Art Collection.