March 20, 2023

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Denver Art Museum removes Emma Bunker’s name, returns $185,000

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Emma C. Bunker is pictured in this undated photograph provided by CU-Denver. (Photo provided by CU-Denver)
Emma C. Bunker (Photo provided by CU-Denver)

In January 2018, Emma C. Bunker and the Denver Art Museum reached an agreement — one that would etch the longtime donor and board member’s name on the institution’s walls for half a century to come.

The esteemed scholar, who helped the Denver museum build its Asian art collection over six decades, would donate $125,000 to the museum’s Vision 2021 Capital Campaign, a project to renovate the north building and expand the museum campus. Two of her children would chip in another $60,000 combined.

In return, the Denver Art Museum agreed to put the Bunker name in three-dimensional lettering on a gallery wall, displayed in a prominent location until 2071.

But five years to the day after Bunker put pen to paper on a deal that would cement…

Sam Tabachnik

2023-03-09 12:49:43

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