The Robert Kurkowski Ceramics Studio

We made a monumental announcement last week – a major gift and challenge grant from the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Trust and the Burgum family that, once complete, will trigger an $800,000 matching grant from the Kresge Foundation and allow us to begin construction on the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity.

But amid the hoopla and high spirits around the Museum, one person was sadly missing; Bob Kurkowski. After a long battle with cancer, Bob passed away just three days prior to the announcement. Given his dedication to arts education and the development of the arts in our community, his absence was notable. Bob was a fixture at the Creative Arts Studio at Clara Barton Elementary, a facility that set a standard for community involvement in the arts, was an inspiration to scores of students, and whose activities will move to the Center for Creativity. Bob also was co-founder of the Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists, an organization that continues to be a strong voice for area artists and for their interests.

We’ll be hosting the memorial service for Bob this afternoon at 4 p.m. and we welcome everyone touched by his legacy to join us in celebrating his life, his commitment to his craft, and his influence on our arts community.

Also, we’re pleased to announce that an anonymous donor has given $80,000 toward the $100,000 required for naming the Robert Kurkowski Ceramics Studio at the Center for Creativity. To make a contribution in honor of Bob, click over to our Razoo page here.