Jacksonville University Receives Gift for College of Fine Arts

Jacksonville University Receives Gift for College of Fine Arts

Jacksonville University has announced a multiyear, multimillion-dollar gift from alumna Linda Berry Stein ('69) and her husband, David Stein, in support of its College of Fine Arts.

The gift will establish the Stein Artist Scholars Endowment, endowing "Steiner" student scholarships in perpetuity; fund a renovation of the Phillips Fine Arts Building; create an outdoor study and creative collaboration plaza adjacent to the complex; and launch the Linda Berry Stein Fine Arts Student of the Year award. In recognition of the gift, the school will be renamed the Linda Berry Stein College of Fine Arts.

"As an alumna, the chair of the College of Fine Arts' 50th Anniversary Celebration, a 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award honoree, and a charter member of the College of Fine Arts' Advisory Board, Linda's history of kindness and generosity toward our college is extraordinary," said Tim Snyder, dean of the college. "This visionary gift from the Steins promises to transform the Linda Berry Stein College of Fine Arts and help us fulfill our mission of training young artists to succeed in the world and to change it for the better."

"I came to JU as a young woman looking to build my future. My mother and father believed in a strong education and always supported my passions," said Berry Stein. "I earned scholarships, worked hard, studied, pursued a music degree, and made lifelong friends here. To have this opportunity to reinvest in my alma mater, my home away from home, and our talented students fills my heart. It is a joy for David and me to make this commitment to a place that means so much to us."

"Jacksonville University Announces Linda Berry Stein College of Fine Arts." Jacksonville University Press Release 12/07/2018.