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Hove, Arthur (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 66, Number 2 (Nov. 1964)

Elvehjem Art Center plans approved,   p. 4

Page 4

THE REGENTS have approved
    initial plans for the long-awaited
Elvehjem Art Center-described as
one that will be "the finest, most
distinguished university art center
  The $3.3 million Madison campus
project will be completely paid for
by gifts and contributions from
alumni, friends of the University,
and others. The funds are being ob-
tained via a nationwide campaign
conducted by the University of Wis-
consin Foundation.
  Prof. James S. Watrous of the art
history department, chairman of the
art center committee, said: "We are
convinced we are going to have the
finest university art center it is pos-
sible to plan and build. The simplic-
ity yet richness of the architectural
design will identify it as one of the
most distinguished   university art
centers anywhere.
  "Its many different kinds of facil-
ities will make it one of the most
active cultural facilities for the
study and viewing of great art."
  To be open to the public, the rec-
tangular structure will be located
south of the University Club, near
the corner of University Avenue and
North Murray Street. It will consist
of five levels, as follows: Lower
level-The Phillips Auditorium;
three other auditoria; a conference
center for lectures, forums, sym-
posia, and meetings, this consisting
of three seminar areas; exhibition,
planning, and construction area;
conservation center; storage space.
  Ground level-The Kohler Art
Library, eventually to house 80,000
volumes; lobbies; lounge; reception
and sales room.
  Mezzanine level-A dramatic
sculpture court, with three-level sky-
light; print and drawing gallery,
study and collection rooms; offices
for art center administration and de-
partment of art history.
  First gallery level-Brittingham
  Second gallery level-Additional
  The center is named in honor of
Dr. Conrad A. Elvehjem, the Uni-
versity's 13th president, who died in
July, 1962. The contemporary-de-
signed exterior will feature copper
sheathing, a warm native Wisconsin
stone, and wide use of glass, with
bronze casements. The interior de-
sign specifies much glass and wood
paneling, and there will be some
carpeting of the walls to provide a
rich background for the works of
  Four areas have been designated
in honor of the donors. These in-
clude the Brittingham Galleries,
made possible by a $1 million gift
in the name of Thomas E. and Mary
Clark  Brittingham, Wilmington,
Del.; the Kohler Art Library, by
$300,000 from the Kohler Company
and Foundation; the Phillips Audi-
torium, from Mr. and Mrs. Lewis E.
Phillips of Eau Claire, $175,000; and
a major gallery, to cost $100,000,
from the Oscar Mayer Foundation
of Madison.
  Construction of the Elvehjem Art
'Center is expected to start before
July, 1965, with a completion goal
of August, 1967.
  University officials said the UW
collection of art is growing in num-
bers and quality at an accelerated
rate. It now consists of over 1,000
items valued at more than $1 mil-
lion, almost all of them in storage.
Presently these may be viewed only
in loan exhibitions to galleries off
campus, except for occasional lim-
ited showings in the Wisconsin Un-
ion and Wisconsin Center.
  The UW Foundation is continu-
ing its campaign for additional con-
tributions for the center. Malcolm
K. Whyte, Milwaukee attorney who
is national chairman of the drive,
said: "With $650,000 still to be
raised, we must have the support of
every Wisconsin alumnus, including
some very substantial gifts, if we are
to reach our goal this year."
  The center will be erected "next
door" to the new History, Music,
Art and Art Education Building in
the South Lower Campus area. Pre-
liminary plans for this facility were
approved by the Regents last month.
Both structures were designed by
the architectural firm  of Harry
Weese and Associates, Chicago.
               Wisconsin Alumnus

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