Longtime St. Gregory's University neighbor, the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art (MGMoA) — though attached at the hip through history and relationship — is not part of the university or its shutdown

Longtime St. Gregory's University neighbor, the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art (MGMoA) — though attached at the hip through history and relationship — is not part of the university or its shutdown.

MGMoA Director and Chief Curator Dane Pollei said the museum has partnered with St. Gregory's University since 1919, but in 1990 the MGMoA became a completely separate 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation with its own employees and funding sources.

The closing does not effect the museum and we will continue business as usual, he said.

Pollei said though some the museum's utilities — like phone and internet service — are currently shared by the school, the museum has other options for continuing those.

The museum's schedule is full of programs with several entities outside its back yard.

“We work with many of the universities in Oklahoma and that will continue,” he said. “We served over 17,000 preK-12th grad students last year and that will also continue, as will our training of educators in the use of Visual Thinking Strategies.”

As far as the effects of residing on the same property as the school, Pollei said the Museum has a longstanding lease in its building, which is owned by St. Gregory's Abbey. The Abbey also will continue serving the Catholic community.

Though financial strings may not be an issue for the organization, heartstrings are another matter.

"We have a shared history of cooperation,” Pollei said. “It's sad to lose a good neighbor.”