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Postby AfricanMustang » Wed Sep 08, 2021 4:41 pm

The gift of $3 million from Linda P. Custard ’60, ’99 and William A. Custard ’57 is the largest personal contribution in the history of the Meadows Museum. With matching funds of $3 million from The Meadows Foundation, it will establish the Custard Institute for Spanish Art and Culture at the Meadows Museum.

These generous gifts from longtime SMU supporters will launch an exciting new endeavor at the Meadows Museum through the establishment of the Custard Institute for Spanish Art and Culture. Dedicated to the study of the material culture and heritage of Spain, the institute builds on the museum’s excellence in the field of Spanish studies established over more than 50 years. The Custard Institute represents a major stride towards the Meadows’ core mission to be “the leading center in the United States for exhibition, research and education in the arts and culture of Spain.”

Expanding the museum’s current research and educational programs, the Custard Institute will significantly increase the museum’s research activities by fostering interdisciplinary collaborations with peer institutions and by facilitating new ways of teaching and learning alongside SMU’s other archives and libraries.

The Custard’s gift will name the director of the new institute in honor of Mark A. Roglán, who celebrates his twentieth anniversary at the Meadows Museum this year. Long an influential advocate for the study of Spanish art in America, Roglán’s decades of leadership and dedication will be honored through the named Mark A. Roglán Director of the Custard Institute for Spanish Art and Culture at the Meadows Museum. Roglán is a professor of Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship and was named the inaugural Linda P. and William A. Custard Director of the Meadows Museum and Centennial Chair in Meadows School of the Arts in 2013, having held the position of museum director since 2006.

P. Gregory Warden, president of Franklin University Switzerland, has been named the inaugural Mark A. Roglán Director of the Custard Institute for Spanish Art And Culture. Before joining Franklin University, he was University Distinguished Professor, Meadows Foundation Distinguished Teaching Professor, and Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor at Meadows School of the Arts.

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