Chris Samuels, Deseret News
Guests attend the Long Live Art kickoff festival at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016. The museum recently received a $500,000 endowment from the Ann K. and J. Robert Stewart Endowed Fund.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Museum of Fine Arts has received a $500,000 endowment from the Ann K. and J. Robert Stewart Endowed Fund, according to a news release.

The news release said that the Salt Lake City couple established the endowment fund to support education and outreach programs at the UMFA at the University of Utah.

“Bob and Ann Stewart were lovely people who understood the value of arts and arts education in our community and helped strengthen many important cultural institutions,” UMFA Executive Director Gretchen Dietrich said in the news release. “This generous gift will support in perpetuity the kinds of educational and outreach programs to which they were so committed. This gift is a remarkable legacy for Bob and Ann, and we are humbled and deeply grateful for their generosity.”

According to the news release, Ann Stewart was an employee and volunteer with the UMFA for more than 20 years. She served as associate curator of education and docent and assisted in the creation and fostering of programs that served elementary school students and senior citizens. The Ann K. Stewart Conservation Fund was established after her death in 2006. Bob Stewart worked as a radiation oncologist at the University of Utah and died in 2014. The Stewart family requested gifts be made in his memory to support the work he and his wife began.

For more information about the UMFA, call 801-581-7332 or visit umfa.utah.edu.