The University of Texas at Dallas has been gifted the entire collection of the Trammell and Margaret Crow Museum of Asian Art as well as $23 million to create the Trammell and Margaret Crow Museum of Asian Art of the University of Texas at Dallas.
The university will continue to operate the Crow Museum of Asian Art in its current space in downtown Dallas, where it has been located for more than twenty years. The funding will provide for the design and construction of a second museum on the UT Dallas campus that will allow for more of the collection to be viewed by the public.
Starting in the 1960s, the Crows assembled a vast collection Asian art, including a six-foot Ming dynasty seated Vairocana Buddha and what is considered to be one of the finest collections of later-period Chinese jades in the United States. Overall, the collection includes more than a thousand works from Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, Tibet, and Vietnam spanning a range of periods, from the ancient to the contemporary, as well as a library of more than twelve thousand books, catalogs, and journals.
"This gift comes at a highly auspicious time in our university's history. Next academic year we will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of UT Dallas," said UT Dallas president Richard C. Benson. "Last year I approved a new strategic plan for the university. It calls for the further strengthening of our distinguished programs in engineering, science, and management through strategic additions of new faculty. But it also strikes a new note for UT Dallas by calling for a major enhancement of the role of the arts in university life."
"We are excited to see the University of Texas at Dallas bring the museum that our parents built into a new era," said the Crow Family Foundation president Trammel S. Crow. "It is our hope that the museum will continue to create global awareness and conversation through the power of the collection and its programs and reach new audiences, both among UT Dallas students and the broader North Texas community."
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