Former volunteer donates $1.7M to DIA

DETROIT (AP) — A former museum shop volunteer and Detroit Public Schools art teacher has donated more than $1.7 million to the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Museum director Salvador Salort-Pons announced recently that Elizabeth Verdow’s gift will help enhance the facility’s contemporary art collection. 

A press release from the Detroit Institute of Arts says Verdow stipulated that $1.26 million of the $1.71 million gift be used for contemporary art acquisitions of painting and sculpture and that the remaining $450,000 go toward the museum’s operating endowment.

Verdow volunteered at the Detroit Institute of Art from 1990 to 2009.

She died in June 2014 at age 86.

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