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OCU to celebrate art collection dedication during homecoming

BY ROD JONES, Oklahoma City University Modified: October 30, 2012 at 12:47 pm •  Published: October 30, 2012

Oklahoma City University will hold a dedication ceremony for an art collection that was donated by Bobbie Burbridge Lane and the Burbridge Foundation. The ceremony will be part of Homecoming festivities and will begin at 11 a.m. Nov. 3 in the University Center on Florida Avenue near NW 25.

The Burbridge Foundation donated more than a dozen paintings to the university. The collection features Christian-themed oil on canvas paintings, many of which are on exhibit in the Dulaney-Browne Library.

The pieces include a 17th century Dutch School painting titled “St. John the Evangelist,” “The Wise Men Follow the Star” by J.V.R. Patch, “Jesus with Pilate,” a French School work titled “Moses Striking the Rock” and “Jesus with Woman at the Well.”

Burbridge Lane, who is president of the foundation, also loaned the university a statue of Ruth that is on display in the Clara E. Jones Administration Building foyer at N.W. 24th Street and Blackwelder Avenue.

“I think of Bobbie Burbridge Lane at least twice daily as I pass by the sculpture her family’s foundation has loaned us,” said OCU President Robert Henry.

“And, like Ruth, she is a woman with a mission. Whether bringing fabulous art conveying timeless biblical virtues as the creator at Kirkpatrick Auditorium of the spectacularly successful and entertaining Senior Follies, her vital life force is always at work.”

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