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Two Passions, One Vision

Submitted on December 15, 2016 - 4:00pm
Allan and Mary Kollar
Allan and Mary Kollar

When Allan and Mary Kollar met as teachers at Bothell High School in the 1970s, Allan taught art and Mary taught English. They knew little about each other’s fields, but over time they discovered intriguing connections between the two disciplines. Before long, Mary (BA, Education, 1965; MAT in English,1982) was taking her writing students to museum exhibitions to teach "point of view," and Allan (MFA, Art, 1975) was referencing authors like Edith Wharton and Henry James when speaking about American art. 

To encourage UW students to make their own connections between art and literature, the couple established the Allan and Mary Kollar Endowed Fellowship. The fellowship supports graduate students from the Department of English…

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