Internationally renowned artist and MCB alumna, Edwina Jaques (BFA ’70, MFA ’75), designed and donated the statue in the foyer for the Building’s 90th anniversary in 2005. She said “I envisioned a statue which would represent the diverse nature of the Martha Cook woman who challenges the University world, bringing a modern outlook to education, yet also celebrates the gentle heart of such a woman and recognizes the womanly arts that bind our past and future”. The Board of Governors selected the name, Edwina, in honor of the sculptor and because its meaning, rich and valuable friend, embodied the relationships amongst all Cookies.
The ivory and gold leaf hearts attached to the cord skirt represent donations to the Martha Cook Annual Fund or the Capital Fund* from our alumnae, friends, residents and their parents. Each has a special, personal message or name on the back. The giving and signing of hearts as remembrances is a new MCB tradition, and everyone is welcome to take part.
* The Martha Cook Building Annual Fund is an expendable fund supporting critical Building needs and special projects or initiatives to sustain MCB and its programs. The Capital Fund is an expendable fund used for critical and immediate construction needs. Monies held in these funds are gifts of MCB’s alumnae and friends and are entirely separate and distinct from room and board funds intended for the daily operations of the Building.