Art School

A $120 million gift will create a School of Art at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

A $120 million gift from the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation will help create the University of Arkansas School of Art.

The gift is the largest ever given outright to any art program at a U.S. university in the history of American higher education, said Todd Shields, dean of the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.

“This gift creates the first and only school of art in the state of Arkansas, and will propel art education, research and creative activity in the state forward while also providing unparalleled access and opportunity to students,” Shields said in a statement released Wednesday.

The money will be used to provide student scholarships, travel grants and internship opportunities; engage the region in outreach and public service through partnerships with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and other arts organizations; and to expand graduate programs and degree offerings in art history, art education and graphic design.

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