The has announced a gift of $20.3 million from the for a new visual arts building.
The new building will integrate UALR's applied design, art history, and studio art classes under one roof, promoting greater collaboration and creativity among students, faculty, and guest lecturers. To that end, drawing/painting/printmaking/art history and 2D design and illustration classrooms will be located on the north side of the building to take advantage of the large expanses of glass on that side, while the applied design spaces will be organized within a single-story high-bay section of the building that provides the volumes of space needed for sculpture/metalsmithing/furniture design /3D craft and fibers/ceramics.
"The vision of the is to be a destination center for students intent on pursuing lifelong careers in the visual arts," said department chair Tom Clifton. "This new facility will enable the department to embrace traditional, contemporary, and technological approaches to the visual arts in central Arkansas and provide opportunities for students throughout the southern region of the United States."