Sep 18, 2006    #141
Contact: Nick Barron

New area opens in libraryLate supporter of UMKC continues to contribute to her University

Visitors to Miller Nichols Library now have a new area for study and research thanks to the generosity of Bill Pfeiffer and Mary Kay McPhee, who donated to the library paintings and art reference books belonging to Bill’s late wife and extraordinary University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) supporter, Corky Pfeiffer.

The Corky Pfeiffer Art Reference Collection, located on the fourth floor of the library, was dedicated on Sept. 14 in a ceremony attended by UMKC Chancellor Guy Bailey, Provost Bruce Bubacz, Bill and Mary Kay, as well as many of Corky’s, and UMKC’s, family and friends.

“We are delighted and honored to house Corky’s art reference books here in the library, having some of her paintings makes the space as inviting and warm as she was.” UMKC Libraries Dean Sharon Bostick said. “We are grateful to UMKC and the Pfeiffer family for making this beautiful new area possible.”

Bill and Mary Kay also helped fund the installation of new furniture for the lounge, which resembles the plush furniture located in the library’s Information Commons area. In total, the Art Reference Collection houses 700 catalogued art reference books and eight works, including some painted by Corky, as well as some paintings from her and Bill’s personal collection.

Those who attended the dedication ceremony gathered to honor both the Collection and the legendary woman who inspired it. A 1975 graduate of UMKC, Corky was proud of both her degree and the University that allowed her to earn it. She dedicated the better part of her life to helping UMKC. Of their many contributions to UMKC, she and Bill established in 1993 the Pfeiffer Art and Art History Award which helps cover the living expenses of female Art and Art History students at the University.

"She was the epitome of what an engaged alumna is,” Curt Crespino, Assistant Vice Chancellor of University Advancement, said. “The ongoing legacy around Corky is that she referred to this institution as her university, and that's exactly how she led and where she put her resources and her energy. She was just a remarkable woman."

In 1980 Corky was given the Alumni Service Award and she was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal in 1991. Listed as one of UMKC’s Top 100 Achievers in 2000, Kansas City Magazine named her “Best Local Artist” in 2001. She passed away in 2003.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences, and urban affairs.

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