Florida Atlantic University just received a gift of $3.8 million worth of fine art. The charitable gift from Attorneys Rick Stone and wife Lesley Blackner includes 17 paintings, with works by Henri Matisse, Edward Willis Redfield, David Park, and John Henry Twachtman.
The paintings will comprise the “Rick and Lesley Stone Art Collection”, and will be on display at the Ritter Art Gallery on FAU’s Boca Raton campus.
The Stones also provided additional support for the establishment of an art history teaching laboratory in the Ritter Gallery, which will provide college students with the opportunity to study art up close.
“We are pleased to provide these works with a lovely permanent home where they can be enjoyed up close by FAU students forever,” Rick Stone said in a statement. “We think the space is perfect not just for viewing, but for learning about art and art curation.”
The Department of Visual Arts and Art History at FAU actively engages and expands students’ creative and scholarly abilities within the context of a disciplinary and interdisciplinary setting. The program is devoted to offering a diverse curriculum dedicated to educating artists and art historians. There are more than 800 majors currently enrolled, making it one of the largest art programs in the state of Florida. It attracts both national and international students, who study alongside more than 20 full–time faculty and active artists, whose areas of expertise include Art History, Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Photography, Ceramics, Printmaking, Digital Imaging and Graphic Design.
Rick Stone and Lesley Blackner are both Palm Beach attorneys, and Mr. Stone is an adjunct professor at FAU’s College of Business.
For more information about the collection and about donating to FAU, contact Laurie Carney at 561-267-3606.