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Reception will honor Dr. William Steward for gift of art

The public is invited to a reception honoring Dr. William Steward of Wenatchee for his gift of art to Wenatchee Valley College on Tuesday, April 20, at 4 p.m. in Sexton Hall on the Wenatchee campus. Steward served as president of WVC from 1963 to 1977.

The reception will begin with a few remarks in acknowledgement of the gift of a two-dimensional mural by Zeljko Kujundzic and Steward’s long-time contribution to the arts in the community. The mural is installed inside Sexton Hall. Refreshments will be served.

Steward and his wife LaDean commissioned Kujundzic to create the three large panels of mixed media copper and ceramic for an outside wall of their Wenatchee home. In his memoir Life Begins Along the Elkhorn, Steward writes, “We wanted something that represented our physical environment, what man had done with that environment and the future explosion of knowledge.” 

The late Kujundzic, a professor emeritus of Pennsylvania State University, was born in Subotica, Yugoslavia. He was a founder and director of the Kootenay School of Art in Nelson, British Columbia, and his award-winning art has been exhibited in private and public collections throughout the world. He died in 2003.



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