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9/1/2005 - The James L. Allen Center for Executive Education, on Northwestern University's Evanston campus, is home to a spectacular sculpture and original lithograph collection of Inuit art. Its principal collector and donor is Donald P. Jacobs, dean emeritus of the Kellogg School of Management, whose love for the art dates back to the mid-1980s when he first glimpsed a sculpture at the World's Fair in British Columbia. The collection at the Kellogg School's Allen Center is now one of the most substantial in the Midwest and a wonderful showcase for the art. Kellogg School executive students have also gifted the university with some of the works.

Master carver Nuna Parr polishes his latest polar bear carving while Dean Emeritus Donald P. Jacobs and Eliot Waldman of the Inuit Art Society of the Midwest, look on. © Mary Hanlon

On Sept. 16, the Kellogg School, in conjunction with the Inuit Art Society, the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian in Evanston, the Dennos Museum Center in Michigan and the Friends and Associates of the Canadian Consulate of Chicago, honored Don Jacobs by hosting a cocktail reception and walking tour of the collection. Guests were also treated to an on-site carving by master carver Nuna Parr (the Allen Center houses several of his sculptures) and a slide presentation by Mattiusi Iyaituk, master carver and president of the Inuit Art Foundation of Canada, both from Cape Dorset.