DATE:  April 30, 2004
CONTACT: Heather Guerrero, Director of Foundation & Donor Relations (361) 825-3320; or Melissa Goonan, Public Affairs Manager, (361) 825-2337

McNutt Charitable Trust to Announce Donation to the Performing Arts Center at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Artist Kent Ullberg’s sculpture will be located in the Atrium of the Center

A representative from the Amy Shelton McNutt Charitable Trust will announce a $100,000 pledge to fund a new sculpture by local artist Kent Ullberg on Tuesday, May 4 at 10 a.m. in front of the Performing Arts Center. The sculpture, titled “Danzamar” will be located in the atrium of the Center.

The announcement will be made at the site of the Performing Arts Center. Ullberg will be present at the press conference, which will be open to the public.

The sculpture by the Swedish-born Ullberg will present the form of a woman in a flowing skirt reminiscent of a seashell. Her form and attitude are inspired by the both ballet and folklorico, said Ullberg, and elements of both will be apparent in the sculpture. A bronze maquette, or miniatures, of “Danzamar” will be on display.

The McNutt Trust commissioned the work from Ullberg because they envisioned a larger-than-life size bronze sculpture for the Performing Arts Center, and to show appreciation for the University’s contribution to the community.

"The McNutt Charitable Trust is pleased with the University’s growth and its accomplishments and wanted to support the University,” said Dr. R.B. Cutlip, trustee of the McNutt Trust.

The McNutt Charitable Trust was founded in 1983 after the death of Amy Shelton McNutt, the widow of geologist Dr. V. H. McNutt. The McNutts discovered the mineral potash while looking for oil in New Mexico in 1925. Until then, potash was imported from Germany, but the German supply was halted during WWII and production in New Mexico grew to hundreds of thousands of tons annually.