Northern Arizona University
With his gift of thousands of pounds of alabaster and a collection of hundreds of unique art history books, Daniel Newman, a Sedona sculptor, has impacted the NAU community for generations to come. A retired engineer and successful Sedona craftsman, Newman sculpted with alabaster early in his career. But he’s moved on to marble and onyx and thought his inventory of the softer stone would be perfect for beginning sculpture students. Brian Painter, associate professor for the School of Art (pictured at left with a 1-ton stone), couldn’t agree more and says Newman’s timing was perfect. “We were out of alabaster, and now, for years to come, sculpture students will have stone—high quality stone—for free!” Newman also believed his mother’s collection of fine art history books deserved a university audience. Kathleen Schmand, Cline Library’s community affairs coordinator, says that these books “invite students, faculty, and the community to explore the world of art through resources the library might not otherwise be able to offer.” Gifts-in-kind like Newman’s distinctly enhance the creative spirit that drives NAU’s art and art history programs, and make NAU proud to have such philanthropists in its midst.