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Fisk Seeks To Stop Appeal Of Art Collection Sharing

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.- On Tuesday, Fisk University filed legal opposition in an effort to stop an appeal from the State Attorney General regarding the prized Stieglitz Art Collection.

In November, the Tennessee Court of Appeals ruled that Fisk could co-own and share the collection with an art museum in Arkansas. The Stieglitz Art Collection donated by artist Georgia O'Keeffe has been the center of controversy at the University for several years.

The Attorney General has argued that the no-sale condition imposed by Georgia O'Keeffe cannot be violated and that's why it wants permission to appeal the Tennessee Appeals Court ruling.

Fisk University stated Tuesday that they believed that the Tennessee Supreme Court would not grant appeal on the subject due to a lack of relevancy to the public.

"Two of the considerations used by the Supreme Court in deciding whether or not to grant an appeal is whether or not its decision would settle an important legal issue or settle an important question of public policy. Because the case is controlled by the law of New York, where O'Keeffe then resided and where the art was originally located, a decision of the Tennessee Supreme Court would not settle any issue of law or policy because its decision would not be binding on cases filed in Tennessee under Tennessee law," said the University in a public release.

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