Darryl Schumacher’s complaint (letters, Monday) about the Cuesta College art gallery’s naming as the Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery in honor of the $250,000 gift from the Miossi charitable trust is out of touch with current philanthropy for visual arts institutions and their programming.
Built around 2000, the Cuesta gallery is the best-equipped nonprofit art gallery in San Luis Obispo County. Its promise to provide much-needed professional historical and contemporary art programming, however, has awaited fulfillment since its inception. Preceding the Miossi gift, the gallery has been chronically underfunded (and occasionally unfunded) and always thinly staffed. With bare resources, its directors have struggled to present serious art programming for students and the greater community. With the strategic Miossi donation, the gallery can fulfill its potential.
Speaking as a curator, art historian and art journalist, I trust the Miossi gift will now encourage others to become leaders/donors to secure in perpetuity professional visual arts programming in our county that is, so far, lacking. We can finally achieve what Monterey and Santa Barbara counties have enjoyed for the past 50 years. I brim with gratitude.