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Endowment Established at W&L in Honor of I-Hsiung Ju

The family of I-Hsiung Ju, the award-winning professor of art and artist-in-residence emeritus at Washington and Lee University, has established an endowment for traditional Chinese art studies in his honor with an initial gift of $50,000.

Ju died in March. He had taught and served as artist-in-residence at W&L from 1969 until his retirement in 1989. An extremely popular professor, he was named Professor of the Year by the Ring-tum Phi, Washington and Lee’s student newspaper, in 1971, and won several other awards for his teaching.

There will be a memorial exhibition of Ju’s work at The Princeton Art Gallery in Princeton, N.J., from July 1 through July 15. Paintings at the exhibition will be on sale, with proceeds benefiting the endowment.

A memorial service will be held on July 7 at 2 p.m. at All Saints Church in Princeton, where Ju established his studio after relocating from Lexington in 2002.

The I-Hsiung Ju Endowment for Traditional Chinese Art Studies will provide funds to continue Ju’s legacy of nurturing and encouraging the study of traditional Chinese art, art history, and language and literature among Washington and Lee students.  The dean of the College will administer the endowment in cooperation with the Departments of Art and Art History and East Asian Language and Literature.

The ultimate goal of the endowment will be to offer multiple and varied opportunities for our students to explore and study the artistic expressions related to the literati culture of the Chinese past.

The preferred use of income from the endowment will support students who travel to China or Taiwan to study traditional Chinese art and culture, with special attention given to learning the practice or history of traditional Chinese brush painting and calligraphy in either a University-approved program or as an apprentice to an artist.    The endowment will be flexible enough to allow other uses on and off campus related to Chinese artistic expression.

For information about the endowment, contact Nancy McIntyre, director of development for the College, at (540) 458-8291 or nmcintyre@wlu.edu.

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Jeffery G. Hanna
Executive Director of Communications and Public Affairs
(540) 458-8459