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Carson-Newman announces future Lynn and Lyndsey Denton Gallery

Carson-Newman University announced planning for the Lynn and Lyndsey Denton Gallery in an Oct. 8 reception on campus. The gallery funding is made possible by a gift from Clark and Suzanne Denton in honor of Clark’s parents. Pictured left to right are Carson-Newman President Randall O’Brien and his wife Kay, Suzanne Denton, Lyndsey and Lynn Denton, and Clark Denton.

(October 9, 2015) – Carson-Newman University unveiled its newest campus project Thursday evening: The Lynn and Lyndsey Denton Gallery. The announcement came during a special October 8 reception at the University’s Stephens-Burnett Memorial Library.

The gallery, which will house Carson-Newman’s seven volumes of The Saint John’s Bible, is made possible by a $200,000 gift from 1992 alumnus Clark Denton and his wife, Suzanne, of Knoxville. The gift names the Gallery in honor of Clark’s parents, both who are Carson-Newman alumni and live in Clinton.

“The University is grateful to Clark and Suzanne for this generous gift,” said Carson-Newman President J. Randall O’Brien. “To honor parents is to honor God. The Lynn and Lyndsey Denton Gallery will benefit not only the Carson-Newman community, but all who visit campus to view the inspiring Saint John’s Bible for years to come.”

The timing of the announcement was no accident, as Lynn and Lyndsey celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on October 2.

Future planning will celebrate an additional milestone for the couple, as the gallery is scheduled for completion by October 2016, marking 50 years since the Dentons graduated from Carson-Newman.

The Lynn and Lyndsey Denton Gallery will be located on the main level of the University’s library. The space will be open to the public to view the recently acquired Saint John’s Bible, Heritage Edition.

Carson-Newman University is one of a limited number of institutions worldwide to house a rare, full-size artistic reproduction of The Saint John’s Bible, the first handwritten and illuminated Bible in 500 years. The work has been called “one of the extraordinary undertakings of our time,” by Smithsonian Magazine.

Homepage image taken from The Saint John’s Bible artwork “Baptism of Jesus” by Donald Jackson.

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