Univ. of Wyoming receives largest estate gift in its history

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) – The University of Wyoming has received the largest estate gift in its history.

The university says the estate gift is from Wyoming artist, Neltje, a prolific abstract expressionist whose works have been featured in collections at the Smithsonian and elsewhere.

The gift includes her financial and land holdings save for those going to her children and a select few personal donations. Additionally, the gift includes a world-class collection of art collected by Neltje over a lifetime of travel across the globe.

UW says the gift will enhance its Art Museum and its visual and literary arts programs as well has provide unique education opportunities.

The gift was announced Wednesday as the university broke ground for its new $33 million Visual Arts Center on the Laramie campus.

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