Gifts to the Art Department represent investments in the students who study here and those that guide them. Support from our alumni and friends enables the Department to provide assistance for deserving undergraduates, attract the brightest graduate students, retain talented faculty and staff, and pursue bold initiatives like a new art building to even better serve future artists and art educators.
All donors have the option of designating how their gifts are used. For example: undergraduate scholarships, graduate fellowships, visiting artists, professional development, or for specific areas of interest (e.g. ceramics, painting, printmaking/graphics, art metals, sculpture, etc.). The Department uses undesignated gifts wherever the needs are deemed greatest.
This has been a big year for the Art Department! Enrollment continues to increase with 2,519 undergraduate students this year compared to 1,808 students back in 2013. Professors Yeohyun Ahn in Graphic Design and Tomiko Jones in Photography joined the faculty along with visiting photography artist Darcy Padilla. We have continued to work at building out new spaces at the Art Lofts, including a new dedicated computer lab, a project space, and a refurbished gallery. We are upgrading and refining others in the humanities building including a brand new Digital Fabrication Lab (FABLAB) and have begun a feasibility study to explore expanding the Art Lofts building to create a new “front door” for the Art Department.
But we need your help! To scale all our programs, we are seeking flexible support. Our annual fund has historically cushioned us from state budget cuts and that will likely be the case in the future. The flexibility of your support also allows us to invest in exciting new opportunities, meet unforeseen challenges, fund critical needs as they arise, and devote the necessary resources to long-term priorities that will ensure the strength of the Department for generations.
Please consider designating your gift to the Art Department Excellence Fund. Leadership gifts have an extraordinary collective power to sustain our excellence and fuel our growth. Gifts can be made at supportuw.org/giveto/artdepartment
Thank you for all that you do for the University and the Art Department. Your ongoing support will help to prepare the next generation of Badger artists, scholars, and leaders.
If you have questions or concerns please reach out to Meg Sensenbrenner, Director of Development at 608.572.3308 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Best wishes for the holiday season,
Chair, UW-Madison Art Department
Chair, Art Department Board of Visitors
Make a gift in the following ways:
Donate directly to the department through the University of Wisconsin Foundation’s secure webpage. If you would like to support the Art Lofts Building Fund – 112100006, use the following button:
To send a gift by mail, please print the gift form and mail it with your gift to:
University of Wisconsin Foundation
US Bank Lockbox
PO Box 78807
Milwaukee, WI 53278-0807
Make checks payable to the University of Wisconsin Foundation and note in the memo how you would like your gift to be utilized, such as the Art Department Building Fund – 112100006.
Leave your legacy. Here is an example of wording you can incorporate into your will document to benefit the Art Department:
I hereby give, devise and bequeath to the University of Wisconsin Foundation, a nonprofit, non-stock Wisconsin Corporation with its principal office in Madison, Wisconsin, _______percent (%) of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate (or, alternately, the sum of $_________), to be used for the Art Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
If you have questions, or if you wish to discuss gift designations, a gift of stock or planned giving, please contact our Director of Development Meghan Sensenbrenner at the University of Wisconsin Foundation:
Your gifts make all the difference! Thank you!
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