UI missed opportunity to buy Gene Davis painting for Dental Science Building

The Gene Davis prospect piece for the University of Iowa’s Dental Science Building was sold last Saturday. The University missed the chance to purchase the untitled, magna on canvas 98 x 91.75 inch artwork. The piece was sold to another buyer while the committee took too long to make a decision to purchase the painting. 

According to Pamela White, Project Director for National Endowment for the Humanities grants and an Adjunct faculty member in the UI College of Liberal Arts, there will be an alternative work by Davis that will be proposed to the committee. The work is titled “Red Dog” and is also a magna on canvas painting. It’s dimensions are 92 by 95.75 inches.  White has been working to get two or more pieces for the new lobby space.

The Sam Gilliam work titled “May iii” is an acrylic on canvas painting that will also be presented to the dean of the Dental School and the committee of people who live and work in the building. The University of Iowa Museum of Art hopes to purchase both of these works. This 54 by 110 inch painting will hopefully be well received at the presentation meeting and will hang alongside the Davis in the new lobby by this December if all goes accordingly.

 

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