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Fisk President: University Now Has Money To Display Art Collection

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Fisk University president Hazel O'Leary has told a court that the financially struggling Nashville college now has money to renovate a gallery to house a prized art collection donated by painter Georgia O'Keeffe.

O'Leary testified Wednesday that recent grants, backed by an infusion of donations, give the historically black school enough money to finish the renovations and put the art on display.

The university is battling with the New Mexico-based Georgia O'Keeffe Museum over control of the 101-piece collection of American works.

Years of financial troubles led Fisk to mortgage all its buildings and drain about $7 million from its endowment.

The school's recent efforts to sell two of its paintings and a stake in the collection have been blocked in court.

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