Judge forbids Fisk from selling famous art work

By Mariah-Brooks@mocs.edu


  • The Association of Art Museum Directors has praised a decision by a Nashville judge that forbids Fisk University from selling a 50 percent share of its art collection donated by the late painter Georgia O’Keeffe.
  • The historically black university argued that its precarious financial state prevents it from maintaining and displaying the collection.
  • Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle ruled that selling a 50 percent stake in the collection to the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Ark., would violate the conditions of the gift to the school.
  • Lyle ordered the state attorney general to find a way to keep the collection in Nashville within 20 days.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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