Brenau Receives Heliker-LaHotan Foundation Self-Portraits

A New York and Maine-based foundation has added two pieces to Brenau’s illustrious permanent art collection – self-portraits by influential 20th century American artists John Heliker and Robert LaHotan.

The Heliker-LaHotan Foundation in Cranberry Isles, Maine, donated the paintings to Brenau in part because of the university’s strong support of fine arts through the maintenance of one of the most impressive permanent collections of art in the region, the role the arts play at the university and the professionalism Brenau employs to share art with the community.

“We hold Brenau University in high regard,” said Patricia Bailey, the foundation executive director and treasurer who personally delivered the paintings to the Gainesville campus in late March. “Learning more about the university and its people has been a pleasure.”

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