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University of Bridgeport renames historic art gallery after Peter Schelfhaudt, CEO of Creative Partners advertising agency

Leslie Geary
Tuesday, November 06, 2012

The University of Bridgeport (UB) has changed the name of The Gallery at the Arnold Bernhard Center to the Schelfhaudt Gallery, in honor of Peter Schelfhaudt, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the advertising firm Creative Partners.

The official renaming ceremony was held on October 25 with the opening of “Images by iPhone,” an exhibition of work by fine art photographer Bob Poe that runs through Wednesday, November 21.

Mr. Schelfhaudt’s gift to UB supports the gallery, which originally opened in 1968 at the Arnold Bernhard Center, 84 Iranistan Avenue.

“Through exhibitions and visiting-artist programs, the Arnold Bernhard Center and its gallery have featured some of the most important artists in American art—from Robert Motherwell to Red Grooms, Louise Nevelson, and Alice Neel—to the great benefit of the University and the surrounding community,” said UB President Neil A. Salonen. “The generous gift from Peter Schelfhaudt ensures that we will continue to showcase some of today’s most inspiring artists.”

Mr. Schelfhaudt oversees the overall development of Creative Partners’ capabilities, network affiliate integration, resource management, and expansion.

“Artists provide unique insight into the human experience, reflect society, expose its humanity, and—ideally—lead and inspire,” he said. “I am pleased to support the University’s commitment to resurrecting the vitality of the Arnold Bernhard Center so that students and the local community can enjoy and participate in the arts.”

Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625, lgeary@bridgeport.edu