Sept. 16, 2005
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University director of public relations (785) 594-8330

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University has received 64 pieces of artwork from Janet Schroeder, of Kansas City, Mo.

The collection features original paintings, drawings and lithographs. It was originally placed on loan with the University in 1992 by Schroeder and her late husband, Robert, to be used within the University’s art department, for display throughout the University’s campus facilities and for special showings on and off campus. The new collection, valued at more than $171,000, joins other art pieces the Schroeders had donated to Baker.

The current collection includes works by Picasso, Thomas Hart Benton, Birger Sandzen, Salvador Dali and Peter Max.

“This most recent gift of art is a particularly significant collection which will add greatly to the University’s overall holdings in original art pieces,” said Jerry Weakley, Vice President for Endowment and Planned Giving. “It will certainly add substantially to the educational program the University hosts in the arts as well as to the enjoyment of campus residents and visitors. We greatly appreciate Mrs. Schroeder’s continued encouragement and support of Baker University.”