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Luce Gallery Dedicated

  Campus Digest  

Peter Paul Luce, standing before a painting in the exhibit "Grant Wood and the Iowa Landscape," was the man of the hour at the dedication of the McWethy Hall gallery bearing his name.

Mary Bowman Seidler '61, chair of the Arts at Cornell campaign.

The Peter Paul Luce Gallery in McWethy Hall was dedicated in October. Built and endowed through a $1 million gift from the Henry Luce Foundation, the gallery is named for Peter Paul Luce, a three-term member of the Cornell Board of Trustees and now a life trustee. He is a son of Luce Foundation founder Henry R. Luce, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time Inc.

The dedication highlighted the sesquicentennial exhibition, "Grant Wood and the Iowa Landscape," featuring works by Grant Wood and Marvin Cone, plus landscapes by several contemporary Iowa artists.

Grant Wood spoke at the dedication of Armstrong Hall- home of Cornell's original gallery-in 1938. About this time he and Thomas Hart Benton were being celebrated by art critics, including a writer for Time magazine, as two of the best contemporary American painters.

Rookie rider Keith North '60.

Rookie RAGBRAI rider

You're never too old to be rookie of the year, as Keith North '60 proved by taking top newcomer honors with the Chicago Urban Bicycling Society (CUBS) on last summer's RAGBRAI (Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa).

One of about 30 new recruits in the group of 75, North made a point of stopping at every care center along the route to dispense much needed CUBS tattoos to the geriatrics, most likely setting the record somewhere along the way for most temporary tattoos at an early-bird special.

"I hope this ride is the first of many to come," says North. "Being part of that activity is a lifetime experience. The CUBS organization obviously recognized I enjoyed it."

Miss Nebraska Jane Noseworthy '01 won a prize for her performance of an aria she learned for her senior recital.

Noteworthy call

Jane Noseworthy '01, representing Nebraska in the Miss America Scholarship Competition, was named one of eight "non-finalist talent portion winners," an honor that garnered her a $2,000 scholarship in addition to the $5,000 each contestant received.

Her winning contribution to the talent portion of the pageant was a rendition of the Victor Herbert aria "Art is Calling for Me," a song she first sang during her senior recital at Cornell. That her performance caught the judges' eyes enough to deserve the $2,000 prize is perhaps more impressive in light of the fact that the judges had a clear preference for pop music. The group of 15 semifinalists comprised mainly vocalists performing pop hits of the last 20 years, from Carole King to Alicia Keyes, rounded out by a few instrumentalists on piano, cello, and violin.

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