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Clarke Receives $50,000 Gift for Arts at Clarke Series

By Clarke News  |  October 13, 2014

The Clarke University Arts at Clarke Series has received a $50,000 gift from the Gallagher Family Foundation in honor of Catherine Gallagher as a tribute to her love of the arts. The Gallagher Family Foundation will give $10,000 each year over the next five years to enhance the series, which will be named the Edward J. and Cathy Gallagher Arts at Clarke Series. The Gallagher Family will also make an estate gift to permanently endow the Arts at Clarke Series. This generous gift from the Gallagher Family Foundation will allow Clarke to take the Arts at Clarke series to the next level; and additional $10,000 for performance fees each year will allow Clarke to attract top quality artists to campus for signature events. Clarke has a long tradition of excellence in the arts. Clarke University offers the area’s most comprehensive curriculum in the fine arts and is truly “the university for the arts” in Dubuque. Each year, Clarke’s nationally recognized fine arts department presents the highest-quality performances and exhibits. In addition to the talents of the Clarke community, the Arts at Clarke Series features some of the great performers and lecturers from across the country and around the world. All Arts at Clarke events are open to the general public at affordable prices. The existing Arts at Clarke budget has provided impressive performers over the years. Previous Arts at Clarke performers include singer-song writer Andy Grammar, jazz vocalist Freida Lee, Celtic band Gaelic Storm, country music band Thompson Square, Broadway stars Celia Keenan-Bolger and Susan Egan, singer-actress Shirley Jones, and large ensemble groups such as The Vienna Boys Choir and Rockapella. For more information, contact the Clarke University Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318. Clarke University is a Catholic, liberal arts and sciences university dedicated to preparing students who positively impact their workplace, family and community. Academic offerings include more than 40 undergraduate liberal arts and pre-professional programs, a robust adult degree program and six graduate degree programs.  Founded in 1843 by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Clarke is located near the Mississippi River in the thriving city of Dubuque, Iowa. It is the only BVM university in the country.