Giving to the Department
Faculty Development Fund
The Art Department recently received a generous one-time gift that will allow us to create a fund to provide support for faculty in their research and creative activity endeavors. This fund will provide support to one faculty member annually for each of the next 10 years.
Pat Williams Memorial Endowment
Emeritus Faculty member Pat Williams left a generous gift for the department that will ensure her legacy and the continuation of the programs she established. In addition to donating her digital loom and related studio equipment, Pat left an endowment that will support the establishment and maintenance of the Pat Williams Digital Fibers studio as well as a student scholarship fund the will support students working in fibers.
Sheldon Iden Art Award
After being inactive for several years, we are working to build the Sheldon Iden Art Award up to the endowment level. Once the goal is acheived, the award will become a permanent scholarship awarded every year in Sheldon's memory.
Sheldon Iden, and accomplished artist and teacher, was a professor at EMU from 1967 until his passing in 1993. During this time, he touched the lives of many students.
The Art Department has a great number of needs. To illustrate and help you consider how you might help, here's a partial list:
We are in the midst of many exciting projects around the department to improve our instructional spaces. In addition to those projects already under way, the department is working to take steps towards consolidating our facilities, currently housed in five buildings across campus. This has long been a top goal for the department, and it is closer than ever to reaching some level of realization. In particular, there are two projects for which we are currently building support. Please see the Capital Improvements section of the Letter from the Department Head for more information.
MFA Thesis Exhibition Support Fund
We are in the process of raising money to establish a permanent endowment to provide financial assistance to MFA students preparing for their thesis exhibition. The costs associated with these exhibitions can be very high, and many students are limited in what they can do because of financial constraints. This fund will provide much needed support for this endeavor. We are a third of the way toward our fundraising goal of $10,000 and are very appreciate of people willing to contribute to this endeavor!
Tools for learning
Art is a tool-intensive discipline and we need all kinds. The list is virtually endless. In order to maintain the quality programs we offer, we are constantly having to replenish our tools and equipment.
The Art faculty is very active in their scholarly and creative research, speaking, exhibiting and doing research on a multitude of topics. Our budget must stretch to support their important work. We are looking for help with travel support to make a difference in the quality of what they can do, strengthening them as teachers, artists and scholars.
Speakers and presenters
The Ford Gallery Program, ably run by Greg Tom and supported by an art faculty advisory committee, reaches out to thousands of visitors from our local communities in southeastern Michigan. Our speaker series has proven time and again that the community is hungry for what we have to offer. We are seeking an individual or individuals who would consider endowing a lecture series.
To enable students to benefit from the excellent art programs at EMU, they need scholarships. At the present time, only a fraction of our students receive help from the eleven art scholarship funds. Money from these awards goes directly to help our students achieve and succeed. Area such as art education, art history, design and studio art are ways to focus your gift.