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For Immediate Release
Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Prominent OU supporters lauded nationally for continuing generosity

     Rochester, Mich. – Prominent philanthropists and great friends of Oakland University Maxine and Stuart Frankel have been named to receive the National Art Education Association's (NAEA) 2013 Distinguished Service Outside the Profession Award.

      Linda Tyson, special instructor and coordinator of the Art Education Department at Oakland University, nominated the Bloomfield Hills residents for this prestigious honor based on their outstanding achievements for and contributions to the field of art education. They join the ranks of distinguished past recipients including Nelson Rockefeller, Jacqueline Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey.

      "The Frankels have impacted the lives of many people of all ages with their passion to share the transformative nature of art through their generous support of capital building projects such as the Frankel wing of the University of Michigan Museum of Art and the expansion of the infrastructure and space at the Cranbrook Museum of Art," Tyson said.

      In 2010, Stuart Frankel and his business partner Gabe Anton also generously donated the Mt. Clemens building now known as the Oakland University Anton-Frankel Center, in order to support expansion of higher education in Macomb County.

      Noting that the Frankels often offer tours of their own art collection to area students of all ages, Tyson added, "The Frankels work tirelessly, strategically and humbly to make a difference in the lives of our students – whether it is in a public, private, elementary, middle, high school, college or university setting."

      The NAEA includes elementary, secondary, middle level and high school art teachers and administrators; university and college professors; education directors in fine art museums, state education officials, members of arts councils, and artists throughout the United States and many foreign countries.

      The Frankels received their award at the NAEA National Convention, which was held March 7-10 in Fort Worth, Texas.
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