Businessmen donate art to UM college

Asian works valued at about $1.6 million

April 06, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Two businessmen have donated $1.6 million worth of Asian art to University of Maryland, University College, the online division of the University System of Maryland, the college announced yesterday.

The gift by I-Ling Chow of Potomac and Thomas Li of Rockville consists of about 30 works from their families' collections, including a 12th-century porcelain panel from the Sung Dynasty and scroll paintings, sculpture, porcelains and vases.

The Li collection was started by Thomas Li's grandfather, Yuan-hung Li, who served as president of the Chinese Republic. Chow's collection was begun by his father, a regional manager of the Bank of China.

Li and Chow said they are giving the works to UMUC because they want to share their Chinese heritage with others through the college's online exhibits and programs.

UMUC enrolled about 40,000 students online last year. The college has collected Asian art since the 1980s and also houses the state's largest collection of works by Maryland artists.

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