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June 08, 2016

Old Dominion University Gets $35 Million Gift for Art Museum

Old Dominion University announced a $35 million donation from retired media executive Richard Barry and his wife, Carolyn, to build a 24,000-square-foot art museum at the Norfolk, Va., campus, reports The Virginian-Pilot.

The two-story museum, scheduled to open in 2018, will feature more than 100 pieces from the couple's collection of art-glass sculptures. THey also plan to donate modern American paintings for the institution, part of larger effort by university and city officials to make Virginia's southeaastern Hampton Roads region an arts destination.

The Barrys have given millions of dollars to Old Dominion for other buildings, including for the college's Barry Arts Building. Mr. Barry is a former vice chairman of Landmark Media Enterprises and served as rector of the university's Board of Visitors in the 1980s.