A federal grant administered through the American Association of Museums will finance an independent evaluation of Southern Utah State College's Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, officials said.

The $1,400 grant will pay for a professional consultant to analyze the gallery and make recommendations on how to improve it, said Valerie Kidrick, gallery curator."We are delighted to be able to have an outside consultant visit the gallery and offer suggestions from a new perspective," Kidrick said.

The study and recommendations are expected to be completed within a year.