Press Release for Tuesday, January 15, 2019
UNF Celebrates a ‘Grand and Generous Gift’ From Judy Eisen
Amanda Dawson, PR Specialist
of North Florida has accepted a generous donation of artwork as well as an
outright gift to support the preservation, care and curation of the UNF
Permanent Collection from alumna Judy Eisen.
20 pieces of artwork will be on display along with other pieces previously
donated by Eisen and her late husband in the exhibition, “A Grand and Generous
Gift: The Saul and Judy Eisen Collection.” The exhibit will run through
Thursday, Feb. 14, in the UNF Gallery of Art, Founders Hall, Building 2, Room
donation included a variety of contemporary prints, oil paintings, photographs,
drawings from the early 1900’s and sculpture. Special features of the
current exhibition include Louise Nevelson’s “Moon Passage”, Pat Steir’s
“Waterfall 1988”, photographs by Jerry Uelsmann as well as Yaacov Agam’s serigraph
Eisens began donating prints and paintings to the Department of Art and Design
to be used for educational purposes in 2010. They were inspired to cultivate
both the creative and scholarly impulses of UNF students and faculty.
involvement with UNF started in early 1970 when her husband, Dr. Saul Eisen,
was asked to be on a committee that would eventually form the University.
During that time, Eisen worked part time for UNF, helping to write and edit the
first course catalog.
Students have felt Eisen’s impact the most
through her support of the UNF Department of Art and Design in the form of
guest lectures, print and painting donations, scholarship support and new
opportunities through the Eisen Experiential Learning Endowment. As a long
serving member of the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Leadership Council,
Eisen provided guidance, supported students and volunteered her time to help
“Giving back to the University isn’t all about
a desire to be philanthropic,” Eisen said. “I get a thrill and become inspired
by interacting with these students because they are so fabulous and passionate
about their studies. When it comes to art students, they’re not going to school
because they want to be bond traders. They’re committed to their art, and I
love being in the presence of their creative energy.”
also served on the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville Board of Trustees and
was a passionate advocate for the collaboration between the UNF College of Arts
and Sciences and MOCA Jacksonville. Throughout her time on MOCA’s Board of
Trustees, Eisen was a steadfast partner in supporting the Museum with her time,
energy, ideas and generosity. Her critical thinking and desire to go above and
beyond expectations to challenge standards, reach goals and thrive has been
crucial to MOCA’s continued development.
Eisen was awarded the 2018 UNF Alumni Association’s Alumni Service Award which
recognizes alumni who have demonstrated continuous outstanding volunteer
service to the University and meritorious public service on a local, state,
national or international level. She received her Master of Arts in
Counseling Psychology from UNF in 1978.
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