ADA, OK -- ECU students will now be able to get a first hand look at ancient artifacts, thanks to one local art collector.
Before his passing, Marquis Landrum, decided to donate over 27 pieces from his personal art collection to be put on display at the ECU Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center.
ECU Art Director, Brad Jessop, says students will benefit from the Ruth Walker Landrum Sculpture collection
"It's really gonna help our students a lot," says Jessop. "It positions East Central as having one of the better collections, if not the best collection between Norman and Dallas."
Jessop says having the one of a kind collection on display will also help enhance the students' learning experiences.
Assistant Art Professor, Taryn Chubb, says it will give students a more in-depth look at different art styles and techniques.
"Being able to walk all around it...look at the top, look at the bottom...we can move some of them so that they can see different angles, and I think that's very different than seeing something in a reproduction," said Chubb.
ECU is one of 4 other universities in the nation to receive art work from the Landrum collection, with many of the pieces originating from Southeast Asia
President John Hargrave says this collection sets ECU apart from a lot of other universities in the region.
"It affords the university to have a world class art collection and to see things that most students at universities may not have the opportunity to see," Hargrave said. "We're anxious to enjoy the art...and we're anxious to learn about it."
Many of the stone sculptures are currently on display in the Sculpture Garden at ECU.