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Noel Education Endowment, Museum Facility Fund

Noel Education Endowment, Museum Facility Fund

A $1 million endowment gift from Richard M. (AB ’53) and Rosann Noel, of Champaign, Illinois, will ensure that UMMA’s dynamic teaching and learning experiences continue in perpetuity. Their gift both establishes the Richard and Rosann Noel Fund for Museum Education to support educational programs, as well as initiates the Museum of Art Facility Fund to provide for the Museum’s upkeep over time. In recognition of their gift, the first-floor gallery of European Art 1100-1600 has been named the Richard and Rosann Noel Gallery (shown above). The Noels have been generous supporters of the Museum for many years: in 2010 they established an endowment to help fuel exhibitions. Their philanthropy at U-M extends beyond the Museum as well, including gifts for the Sidney Fine Teaching Fellowship in History (LSA) and for Athletics. As lifelong residents of Champaign, Richard and Rosann have also been benefactors of the Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois’ flagship campus.