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Fisk Battles Donor Fatigue As Art Sale Bogs Down In Courts


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Despite two years of trying, Fisk University hasn't been able to turn any of the valuable art donated by painter Georgia O'Keeffe into cash.

Leaders of the struggling historically black university acknowledge that it could be years before any money changes hands.

A legal fight over the latest $30 million proposal to share the 101-piece art collection with an Arkansas museum is scheduled for trial in February.

So the school founded in 1866 to educate former slaves has had to look elsewhere to keep its doors open.

It's a difficult task in a community that has been asked to come to the school's financial rescue several times before.

Fisk's board of trustees voted to try to sell off two signature pieces of the art collection to help keep the school afloat.

Those efforts became bogged down in court battles over whether the sale of paintings violated the terms of O'Keeffe's bequest.

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