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FSU Receives 14 Works of Art From Esteemed Collection in Honor of Professor

FSU Receives 14 Works of Art From Esteemed Collection in Honor of Professor
Dr. Mary M. Herman Rubinstein, center, gave a significant collection of art to FSU in honor of Dr. Karen Soderberg-Sarnaker, right. They are joined by Soderberg-Sarnaker’s husband, Benedict.

Frostburg State University recently got a new art infusion in the form of a generous gift of 14 works from the Mary and Lucien Rubinstein Collection.

Dr. Mary M. Herman Rubinstein, a neuropathologist and senior staff scientist in the Clinical Brain Disorders Branch of the Division of Intramural Research Programs, National Institute of Mental Health, and her husband, Dr. Lucien J. Rubinstein, developed a great appreciation for art and acquired a noteworthy collection over the years, including lithographs, colorful, abstract oil paintings, etchings and other pieces.

The couple built notable careers in the field of neuropathology and pathology and have published many articles in esteemed journals. Lucien, who passed away in 1990, provided the inspiration for their remarkable art collection.

They bequeathed part of their collection to FSU through the FSU Foundation, Inc., in honor of their friend, Dr. Karen Soderberg-Sarnaker, a professor in the University’s Department of Music and director of vocal and choral activities.

“I was immensely honored and didn’t expect it,” Soderberg-Sarnaker said.

To mark the occasion, the FSU Foundation organized a celebration in October, just in time for Homecoming, drawing nearly a hundred people. The works will remain on view in the Lyric Building on Frostburg’s Main Street and in the office of President Jonathan Gibralter, providing additional cultural opportunities for FSU’s students, faculty, staff and visitors.

“This gives our campus community a distinctive and museum-quality collection,” Soderberg-Sarnaker said.

For more information about gifts to the FSU Foundation, visit or call 301-687-4161.


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