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OCEANSIDE MUSEUM OF ART ANNOUNCES $125,000 CHALLENGE GRANT: DONORS RUDY AND ELIZABETH VAN HUNNICK TO MATCH ADDITIONAL DONATIONS UP TO $125,000



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On Saturday night, at its annual Museum Ball, Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) announced that patrons Rudy and Elizabeth Van Hunnick will donate $125,000 to benefit the museum’s exhibitions and educational programming, in addition to work designed to raise the caliber of arts and culture in North County. The Van Hunnicks challenged museum members and the community at large to join the museum’s ambitious strategic vision and plan, pledging to match dollar-for-dollar any donation from the community up to $75,000 and to match dollar-for-dollar any donation generated by the OMA Board of Trustees up to $50,000. The offer to match donations is good until the end of the year or until the full amount has been raised.
 Any donation is acceptable – restricted or unrestricted. Pledges will also be accepted with details to be arranged with Daniel Foster, OMA Executive Director. The matching challenge does not apply to memberships or any prior committed offers of donation or support before the official matching challenge donation was announced on July 24, 2014.


The Van Hunnicks are longtime supporters of the museum and in 2013 received OMA’s Medal of Distinction, honoring them for financial contributions that collectively exceeded $100,000. The Van Hunnicks have also contributed extensive amounts of their time. Mr. Van Hunnick, a retired Executive of Dutch company SVB Engineering, has been on the OMA Board of Trustees for the past five years. Mrs. Van Hunnick, a native southern California and retired educator, is on the Membership Committee and supports the museum’s fundraising events. Rudy is also Chair of the Veterans and CPR/AED Programs of Rotary Camp Pendleton Foundation and both are very active as ambassadors with the University of Southern California.



Residents of Oceanside, the Van Hunnicks have a significant collection of contemporary art and sculptures by such esteemed San Diego artists as James Hubbell, Jean Wells, and Matt Divine. “Our community is very fortunate to have an important and thriving cultural institution like Oceanside Museum of Art under the outstanding leadership of Daniel Foster,” said Rudy. “OMA is much more than a museum; it is a catalyst for the overall economic and cultural growth of Oceanside and all of North County.”


“Many of North County’s 1.3 million residents have felt that they must drive south for arts and culture,” said Elizabeth. “That’s no longer true as OMA offers outstanding and diverse exhibitions, lectures, concerts, educational programs, youth programs and art classes as well as new programs being developed for schools.”



“The Van Hunnicks generous grant and challenge match comes at a critical time,” said Daniel Foster, OMA Executive Director. “Our vision, for OMA and the community, is ambitious, but to achieve our goals we need increased support. Generous contributions such as that of the Van Hunnicks enable us to continue realizing that vision by bringing on a top flight set of curators, rolling out many new high quality educational programs and establishing an outreach program of satellite exhibitions throughout the region.”


For more information about Oceanside Museum of Art and to make a donation, please visit  www.oma-online.org or contact Daniel Foster, OMA Executive Director at (760) 435-3725.


The mission of Oceanside Museum of Art is to educate and inspire the public through a diverse range of engaging exhibitions and programs that connect people with regional, as well as national and global, artists and art forms of the 20th and 21st centuries. OMA operates as a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.