Bethune Center & McCune Gallery Dedication

Press Release for the Exhibition & Dedication

FAYETTEVILLE, NC—Methodist University hosted a building dedication ceremony for the William F. Bethune Center for Visual Arts at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 27, 2010.

Dr. M. Elton Hendricks opened the ceremony noting that as history unfolds, “We value and treasure civilizations that make contributions to the world of art. The addition of the visual arts building will help us focus on those contributions that have been made in the world of art.”

William F. Bethune, a Fayetteville resident, provided the major gift to make possible the building.

“I think a lot of this university,” said Bethune. “There is no place in North Carolina like it.” The staff members at Methodist University, he said, have made a lasting impact. “When you see dedicated staff members, you’ll find a dedicated program.”

“He has certainly left a legacy that will last for many years,” said Harvey Wright, chair of the Board of Trustees, speaking of Bethune.

The 8,844 square foot floor plan includes a printmaking studio, painting studio, graphic design lab, photography lab, digital photo studio, and drawing and art education space. The building also contains the David McCune International Art Gallery, named in honor of local artist David McCune.

“We want enthusiasm,” said McCune, noting that much of his success can be attributed to Methodist University. “Without the arts, it becomes very boring.”

Silvana Foti, professor of art and chair of the Art Department, said the completion of the building is the culmination of a 30-year vision. Of Bethune and McCune, she said, “They truly are friends and mentors in our lives, and I thank them both.”

Methodist University is an independent four-year institution of higher education with over 2,400 students from 41 states and 53 countries. Methodist University offers over 80 majors and concentrations, 100 clubs and organizations, four master’s degree programs, and 19 NCAA III intercollegiate sports. For more information, please contact Silvana Foti, executive director of the David McCune International Art Gallery, at 910.GALLERY (910.425.5379) or e-mail