CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 1994 |
What began with a local couple's fascination with Spanish and Mexican culture has grown into a nationally recognized center for the exhibition of art and artifacts. The Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, at 20th and Main streets, is named for Charles W. and Ada Bowers, who willed their home and property to the city in 1924 for a museum dedicated to local history. In 1932, the home was demolished and a museum was built.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 1986 |
Paul Piazza, director of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center for the past seven years, has been hired as the new director of Santa Ana's Bowers Museum, it was disclosed Monday. He will assume the top staff post in late November, sources close to the museum said, adding that Piazza's annual salary will be in the $70,000 range. The Bowers post has been vacant since June 30, when William Lee, who had held the job for four years, resigned to return to university research.
December 20, 1985 |
William Lee, director of Bowers Museum in Santa Ana for the past 3 1/2 years, will resign his post on June 30 to spend more time with his family, he said in a phone interview Thursday. "I do feel Bowers is headed in a very positive direction, and it is developing into a strong regional facility," Lee said. "I still live in Chatsworth in the San Fernando Valley, which is a two-hour drive each way. I want more time with my family." Lee said he is considering returning to university work.
August 15, 1985 |
Once again, a sweeping plan to reorganize Bowers Museum, Santa Ana's best-known cultural institution, has come under attack from some of the city-owned museum's longtime volunteer supporters. Four years ago, when attempts to implement the plan were first made, dissident volunteers assailed the museum's administration and $17-million expansion proposal. The protesters were then victorious: the director was ousted and the expansion designs were shelved.
February 14, 1986 |
The "Bowers 36/86" exhibition that opens Saturday for a three-month run at the Santa Ana museum is more than a show of municipal pride. True, the exhibition--a 400-piece display of paintings, sculptures and artifacts from Bowers' own collection--has been mounted to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the city-owned institution. But city officials also view "Bowers 36/86" as symbolic of the ending of one Bowers era and the beginning--they hope--of another.
March 3, 1993 |
Sensing that the tide of municipal support for arts is still receding, officials at the city-owned and operated Muckenthaler Cultural Center are drafting a plan to become self-supporting for the first time in the center's 23-year existence. "Government funds are dwindling and (more) arts cuts will be made," Jane Parker, board chairwoman of the private, nonprofit Muckenthaler Cultural Center Foundation, said Monday.