Furor erupts as Mass. school considers art sale

BOSTON (AP) - The board at the Rose Art Museum is calling on Brandeis University trustees to revoke plans to sell pieces of its $350 million art collection.

The university is trying to make up for a shrinking endowment and has come under widespread criticism for the art sale idea, as well as suggestions the Rose might close.

After an emergency meeting Thursday, the Rose board called the decisions a "breach of faith" with the museum's founders.

One art donor says he's heartbroken. Jerry Fineberg, who donated art and $2.5 million says he feels "betrayed," saying "it was like a knife in the back."

The school's president says Brandeis must consider selling its art so it can remain a top-rate school.

He also says that while the museum may not operate as a public gallery, it will remain open in some capacity.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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