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Dede and Oscar Feldman Support the UMMA Capital Campaign

Dede and Oscar Feldman

Dede and Oscar Feldman of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, have made a $100,000 gift to the Museum of Art's building renovation and expansion project. Mrs. Feldman, a member of UMMA's National Advisory Board since 2002, is a national leader in museum governance through her service on the board of the Museum Trustees Association, an organization dedicated to increasing the effectiveness of trustees serving museums of all types and disciplines throughout North America. She has also served on the board of trustees of the Detroit Institute of Arts for more than two decades. Mr. Feldman, a member of the Butzel Long Law Firm in Bloomfield Hills, is a longstanding volunteer in the Detroit area medical community. He has previously served as chairman of the board of Hutzel Hospital and as a board member of the Detroit Medical Center; presently he is chairman of the Board of Visitors of Wayne State University Medical School. He has embraced Mrs. Feldman's passion for museum work, supporting the DIA's development and outreach efforts over many years as well as the Museum of Art's current campaign. Mr. and Mrs. Feldman are University of Michigan alumni and avid collectors of art.

The Feldmans' deep engagement with the arts began when Mrs. Feldman volunteered for the DIA's Art in the Schools program decades ago. She calls the docent training she received there "a magnificent education" and the beginning of what was to become a great passion for sharing her knowledge of art with others. UMMA's educational mission is the impetus behind the Feldman's support for the building expansion and renovation project. "We are extremely impressed by the potential of this Museum to connect with the lives of University of Michigan students. Oscar and I feel it is important to share our love of art and museums. The ambitious initiatives led by Director James Steward will do much to create a new generation of young people who feel comfortable and involved with museums–and, hopefully, responsible for their future."

As a member of UMMA's National Advisory Board, Mrs. Feldman has closely observed the developing plans for the new Museum wing. "I was fortunate to witness first-hand architect Brad Cloepfil's ability to listen to, understand, and then transform the needs of the Museum and the students into a magnificent structure," she remarked.

"Our gift to UMMA is, in a sense, a gift to the DIA and museums everywhere. It will contribute to building a future audience for the visual arts by bringing art into the lives of students during their formative college years. The street-level Diag entrance; an auditorium for films, lectures and performances; classrooms; and additional galleries in the new wing will bring more young people into the Museum, enjoying art as a part of everyday life. All arts institutions will benefit from what is happening at UMMA."