Br. Daniel Burke, 1992
43 1/2 x 35 1/2 in. (110.5 x 90.2 cm)
Medium and Support:
Oil on Canvas
This painting portrays Br. Daniel Burke first and foremost as a scholar, wearing his ceremonial academic robes. Br. Daniel joined La Salle’s English faculty in 1957. He served as President of La Salle University (then College) from 1969 to 1976, and is acknowledged as the founder of La Salle University Art Museum.
Br. Daniel’s lifelong love of art was fostered during weekly visits to the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh when he was a young boy. With his love for art steadfast, he introduced the art history major to La Salle’s curriculum in 1963. In 1965, following an Honors Convocation where famed American painter Andrew Wyeth and art collector Lessing J. Rosenwald received honorary degrees, Br. Daniel announced the College’s intention to build a permanent art collection. Over the years, he bought carefully, accepted gifts of artwork, and traded up wisely—developing the art collection to serve the educational needs of a “teaching” museum.
The artist, James Hanes, was a founding member of La Salle’s Fine Arts Department. He was also instrumental in growing La Salle’s art collection. He served as an early acquisitions advisor, and often arranged funding and donations for the collection.
Art Museum : Main Hallway