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Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Visits the Milwaukee Art Museum

Posted on May 13th, 2008

Milwaukee, WI, May 13, 2008—
Long-time Museum supporter and Trustee Ray Krueger welcomed retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor to the Museum last Monday morning, leading her on an in-depth tour before her address to the Milwaukee Bar Association. Justice O’Connor, the first woman on the Supreme Court, served as an Associate Justice from 1981 until her retirement from the bench in 2006.

During her hour and a half tour, Senior Director of Education Brigid Globensky, Senior Director of Communications Elysia Borowy-Reeder, and Chief Curator Joseph Ketner were proud to share highlights of our Museum, from the architecture to the works in the Collection galleries. Trustee Krueger, having been on the architect selection and building committee, was able to provide engaging insight into the process of selecting the architect for the new addition and how the building was built. Staff presented the Justice with a book dedicated to Santiago Calatrava as a parting gift.
Justice O’Connor was noticeably impressed by the Museum’s unique and elegant architecture as well as the Museum’s Collection. She was surprised to learn that the capital campaign for the Quadracci Pavilion had been comprised solely of private funds, and expressed admiration for our Collection, the staff, and of the community’s support of the arts.