Bradburys Give $500K for Art Museum at Arkansas State

Bradburys Give $500K for Art Museum at Arkansas State
From left to right: Arkansas State University Chancellor Tim Hudson, Chucki Bradbury, Curt Bradbury and ASU System President Chuck Welch. (Sandra McGrew)

Stephens Inc. COO Curt Bradbury and his wife Chucki have made a $500,000 matching gift to transform an art gallery that bears their name at Arkansas State University.

The Bradbury Gallery will become the Bradbury Art Museum. Curt Bradbury endowed the gallery in 2001 as a tribute to his wife, an arts patron who chairs the Arkansas Arts Center board of trustees. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees from ASU and has served two terms on its board of trustees. 

"Perhaps the most gratifying part of this to me and Chucki is that Arkansas State University has created the environment within which our support can flourish," Curt Bradbury said in a statement. "That requires hard work, insight and passion for the art itself. We think that Arkansas State in particular and northeast Arkansas in general provide fertile ground for display and appreciation of fine art which need not take a back seat to any other region of the state."

The 5,200-SF exhibition space has been redesigned to create five separate galleries where collections of artwork will be shown on a rotating basis, the university said in a news release.

Tim Hudson, chancellor of the ASU campus in Jonesboro, said the museum will feature changing exhibitions of art in all media and include programs that "promote the understanding of art and its significance, both for our students and the public."

A series of educational workshops, lectures, presentations, discussions and other creative activities will be held at the museum, some in conjunction with current exhibitions, according to Les Christensen, museum director.