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Lochner, Louis P. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 12, Number 3 (Dec. 1910)

Progress of the university,   pp. [136]-137


Page 137


FINE ARTS DEPARTMENT
E]iJ establishment of a
-department-of- ne-arts-
in the college of letters
and  science, is urged
strongly  by  President
Van Hise in his bien-
           nial  report   now   in
 press.  Ever since he has been
 president he has emphasized the
 importance of providing for this
 serious deficiency. Says the presi-
 dent:
   "Of the twenty-two institutions
of the Association of-American
Universities, 18 offer courses in
art; and of the 11 state universities
in the association, 9 offer courses
in art. A number of state univer-
sities, such as Michigan and Mis-
souri, have large and beautiful col-
lections of casts and photogr~aphs,
and ample space in which to ex-
hibit the same. These are not only
  more deficient in his capacity to
  -appreei-at& -art, h-i the,- university
  this side of the nature of the stu-
  dent is starved.  Even where a
  longing exists to learn about art
  the university cannot satisfy it.
  The American who has traveled in
  Europe understands how great is
  the gap in the educational oppor-
  tunities of the institutions. As one
  goes through life the love for the
  beautiful becomes a growing pleas-
  ure of the purest kind. It is per-
  fectly clear that if the university
  is to do its best to develop the peo-
  ple of the state along ,the highest
  lines, it must give opportunity for
-the study of the history and appre-
ciation of art in the university.
We have developed rapidly along
material lines; department after
department has been added during
mu i,,pirauoun w Me sTIMaens Dut
to the many visitors from all parts
of these states.
  "As compared with the Euro-
pean, the American is deficient in
his opportunities to see and is still
This should have been done; but
the material wealth which results
from the development of applied
science is for the man and the man
himself should not be neglected."


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