By Ralph Derickson
Blanton, UK vice chancellor for administration, announced
Donald E. Sands' appointment as acting director to
replace Harriett Fowler-Mobley. A national search
is continuing to find a permanent director.
Ky.) Donald E.
Sands, former vice chancellor for academic affairs
and former chair of the chemistry department, will
come out of retirement to serve as acting director
of the University of Kentucky Art Museum until a permanent
successor is selected to replace the current director,
Harriett Fowler-Mobley, who retired June 30.
Fowler-Mobley has been director of the Art Museum,
located in the Singletary Center for the Arts at Rose
Street and Euclid Avenue, since 1990. Jack Blanton,
UK vice chancellor for administration, announced Sands'
appointment. A national search is continuing to find
a permanent director. Blanton and Robert Shay, dean
of the UK College of Fine Arts, are co-chairing the
search committee seeking a new Art Museum director.
"It is essential that the university take the time
to find a first-rate director for the museum which
is facing potentially dramatic changes," Blanton said.
One of the changes is a proposal to move the museum
into the Fayette County Courthouse in downtown Lexington
after the courts move to new facilities that are under
Sands, who joined UK's faculty in 1962 as an assistant
professor of chemistry, has served in other interim
positions at UK, the most recent in 1997 when he was
acting dean of the College of Arts and Sciences during
a national search for a permanent dean.
Sands said he is pleased to serve as acting Art Museum
director. "I am honored to accept this interim appointment,"
Sands said, "because I have always had an abiding
love for the Art Museum and its importance to the
university's teaching and community services missions."
Founded in 1976, the University Art Museum has a
growing permanent collection of almost 4,000 works
in all media and an active schedule of exhibitions
and education programs. Its permanent collection
has grown steadily over the past 25 years, gathering
significant strength in the 1990s with the George
and Susan Proskauer bequest -- a major gift of modernist
and folk art as well as art glass--and the Robert
C. May Photography Endowment. The bequest of a former
IBM employee and photography instructor at UK, the
May endowment included more than 1,000 photographs
and funds to establish a lecture series featuring
In addition to collection growth, the museum's support
groups -- notably, the Docents (tour leaders), Friends,
and Collectors -- have been responsible for increased
outreach activity and a higher public profile for
the museum in the community.
The museum gained national prominence in 1981 when
an extensive and priceless collection of "Old Masters"
artwork by such artists as Rembrandt, Mary Casatt,
van Gogh, Rubens, Monet and many others owned by the
late billionaire Armand Hammer was displayed there
for several weeks.
CONTACT: Donald Sands, (859) 257-5716.