A $300,000 commitment from a Kansas University graduate will create an art acquisition fund at the Spencer Museum of Art at Kansas University, Andrea Norris, museum director, announced Friday.
The gift from Donald E. Sloan of Portola Valley, Calif., to the KU Endowment Association is being developed through life insurance and will provide funds for adding to the museum's collection of contemporary art.
``Donald Sloan is a faithful and ardent supporter of the Spencer Museum of Art,'' said museum director Andrea Norris. ``He has made major contributions of both time and financial support, and we are very grateful for his continuing, forward-thinking concern for the museum's needs. This most recent gift will make possible the acquisition of contemporary works that will enhance the museum's collections and its reputation.''
Sloan, a Junction City native, is a partner in the California-based law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. His past support for the Spencer Museum of Art includes a 1987 pledge of $100,000 to establish the Sloan Fellowship Fund for a graduate internship in curatorial studies at the museum. He has announced that he will increase his support of the fellowship to $120,000.
``My work with the Spencer museum on Campaign Kansas has reminded me that its people, programs and collections all are excellent,'' Sloan said. ``An endowment for contemporary art will ensure that the Spencer can continue to acquire representative new works to add to its already excellent collections.''
Sloan, a 1970 graduate of KU, majored in English and political science. He took several art history classes at KU and has maintained strong ties with art history faculty members and museum staff members. He was a Summerfield Scholar.
He is a member of the KU Alumni Association and the Chancellors Club, KU's major-donor organization. Sloan also is chairman of the West Coast Regional Committee for Campaign Kansas, KU's historic fund-raising drive.