Freer Offers Courses for Local College Students

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  • The Freer Gallery of Art offers courses in Asian art for students at local universities and colleges to make up for a lack of Asian art history in their curriculum. In the spring semester of 1983, students come to the Freer Gallery's storage rooms and labs every Wednesday to study the Freer's collection. Classes are taught by Marilyn Wong Fu, coordinator and visiting assistant professor of the East Asian Art Program.
  • Thomas Lawton, director of the Freer, and Richard Louie, assistant director, suggested the program to John P. Whalen, executive director of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. The program, which began in the spring of 1982, is partially funded by a $125,000, three-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


  • Lawton, Thomas 1931-
  • Louie, Richard
  • Fu, Marilyn Wong
  • Whalen, John P
  • Freer Gallery of Art
  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
  • Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Bliss, Susan. "Freer: Providing a Laboratory for Local College Students." The Smithsonian Torch (June 1983): 2.

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


Spring 1983


  • Art in education
  • Museum storage facilities
  • Art
  • Students
  • Art museums
  • Education
  • Museums
  • Research grants
  • College teachers
  • Universities and colleges
  • Art, Asian
  • Education--Museums
  • Art museum directors
  • Museum directors
  • Museums--Educational aspects


Washington (D.C.)

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