Bod Brief: Artist donates artwork, money to Mulvane Art Museum

Washburn Review Staff

On Oct. 16, the Washburn University Foundation announced that renown artist and sculptor Rita Blitt, in conjunction with her husband Irwin, has given Mulvane Art Museum its “most significant gift to date.” Blitt donated not only a major portion of her life’s work, but also enough money for the construction of a new gallery and preforming arts venue, which will be located north of White Concert Hall and will include a recital hall that can seat 250 people. Additionally, the gift will provide Washburn with the necessary means to create a traveling exhibit of Blitt’s work. Blitt, who has installed over 45 sculptures all over the world, choose Washburn “because of its commitment to the arts and vision for the future.” In a statement from the Washburn University Foundation, they stated that Blitt’s donation is “an investment in the community, an investment in the university and an investment in our students’ education.” No further plans for the construction of the gallery or performing arts center have been arnnounced at this point.