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Release Date: 05/15/2001

Art and Literature Collection in New Central Library to be named after Peter Donnelly

Seattle City Librarian Deborah L. Jacobs has announced that the art and literature collection in Seattle's new Central Library will be named The Peter F. Donnelly Art and Literature Collection.

Donnelly is president of Corporate Council for the Arts/Arts Fund, a Northwest-based funding agency that benefits arts organizations in western Washington.

A formal announcement about the Donnelly collection will be made at the annual luncheon of Corporate Council for the Arts/Arts Fund at noon Wednesday, May 16, at the Seattle Sheraton Hotel.

"It was a handful of leadership donors who pooled their resources to make this tribute to Donnelly," Jacobs said. "More than any other individual in our region, Donnelly has furthered a universal appreciation, understanding, love and support for the subjects reflected in the art and literature collection," Jacobs said.

Six Seattle-area families contributed to this honoring opportunity: Nancy and Buster Alvord, Jane and David R. Davis, Katharyn Gerlich, The Neukom Family Foundation, Kayla Skinner and Virginia and Bagley Wright.

The Peter F. Donnelly Art and Literature Collection is one of five major collection areas planned in the new 355,000-square-foot Central Library. The library, scheduled to open in 2003 on the existing site at 1000 Fourth Ave., is being designed by Pritzker Prize-winning Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas.

"I'm absolutely speechless - which is a first for me," said a stunned Donnelly, when told the art and literature collection would carry his name.

During Donnelly's tenure, the fund at the Corporate Council for the Arts has more than doubled its annual distribution to more than 65 beneficiary arts groups, and through a quiet campaign, has raised $6 million in endowments.

Donnelly is the recipient of countless local, regional and national awards, including the prestigious Michael Newton Award for Excellence, presented by the National Coalition of United Arts Funds in 1995. He has served as a board member for a variety of arts organizations and has also been invited to participate as an advisory and review panel member for several national competitive arts grants.

The Seattle Public Library Foundation is currently raising $75 million for the "Campaign for Seattle's Public Libraries." The fund-raising program completes - and enhances - the "Libraries for All" building program, which includes construction of a new Central Library, five new branches and improving, expanding or replacing 22 existing branch facilities. The Seattle Public Library Foundation needs to raise $6 million to complete its goal.

For more information about the Library Foundation, call 206-386-4130.

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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