UAFS Announces $1.7M in Windgate Foundation Donations


UAFS Announces $1.7M in Windgate Foundation Donations
Windgate Art & Design at UAFS, a state-of-the-art gallery, workspace, classroom and office building built with a $15.5 million gift from the Windgate Foundation. (UAFS)

The University of Arkansas at Fort Smith announced Tuesday that it will receive three donations totaling more than $1.7 million from the Windgate Foundation.

Windgate has already made several other donations, including $15.5 million to build Windgate Art & Design, the university's state-of-the-art gallery, workspace, classroom and office building on the corner of Waldron Road and Kinkead Avenue.

The donations are $54,000 for the letterpress program, $700,000 for the Windgate Art and Design Building Endowment, and $1 million to establish the Windgate Art Scholarship Endowment.

The money for the Letterpress program is a continuation of an existing grant. It will be used for equipment and supplies, student-employee salaries, student scholarships and visiting artists.

The building endowment was created to promote the visibility of the art programs at UAFS and foster collaboration with other art venues. The $700,000 will allow UAFS to expand programming related to arts and graphic arts with visiting artists and exhibits; update equipment and supplies; and recruit top-tier student artists.

The scholarship endowment will generate about $40,000 per year for scholarships.