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August 2009

Release Date: Aug. 7, 2009ASU Logo

SAMFA Building Deeded to Museum

The Board of Regents of the Texas Tech University System (TTUS) has approved transferring ownership of the building that houses the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts from Angelo State University to the non-profit organization that operates the museum.

In action Friday (Aug. 7) during a regular meeting, TTUS regents approved execution of the document transferring the building to the Board of Trustees of the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, a Texas non-profit organization which oversees the museum and its activities.

Opened in 1999 at a cost of $8.5 million, the building houses the museum as well as classrooms and equipment used by Angelo State University, which owned the facility and provided upkeep and utilities. With the execution of the deed, ownership will transfer to the museum association, which will be responsible for maintenance and utilities. ASU will rent classroom and ceramic studio space from the museum.

San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts Director Howard Taylor said, “The university is a valuable and vital partner with the museum and planning is already underway for numerous new opportunities such as expanded internships and artists-in-residence programs.”

Museum Board of Trustees President Jan Duncan said, “Under the new arrangement, the museum will have an increased obligation of funding and its board of trustees is prepared to move forward with an effort to increase the museum’s endowment and also enhance and expand its existing facilities and grounds.”

Angelo State University President Joseph Rallo said, “This new arrangement is extremely valuable to the university’s current and future plans and ensures continuity of our programs.”

State Sen. Robert Duncan and State Rep. Drew Darby worked with the museum organization, ASU and TTUS to facilitate the transfer in line with changing local conditions and statewide funding priorities.

"This new arrangement will allow the museum – an important part of San Angelo's cultural offerings – to continue to operate with more efficiency in these challenging economic times," said Sen. Duncan.

Rep. Darby said, “I believe this new arrangement represents the best possible outcome for our district and our state and indeed is exemplary of private and public collaboration. My wife, Clarisa, and I have been longtime supporters of the museum and are aware of the important contribution the museum makes to our community and that it has gained national and even international attention for the quality of its exhibits and programs. I am deeply grateful for the leadership and support of Sen. Duncan, Chancellor Kent Hance and the Regents of the Texas Tech University System that made this new arrangement possible.”

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