The lion's share — $19 million — of the largest gift in the school's 111-year history will help fund construction of the 114,000-square-foot Windgate Center for Fine and Performing Arts. According to the school, the center will feature 44,000-square-feet of art space; an exterior space for three-dimensional art; an art gallery designed to engage and inspire the Conway community; a 450-seat concert hall for orchestra, choir, band, and ensemble performances; and a proscenium theater that will accommodate a wide range of theatrical performances, including musical theater and opera. The facility also will add much-needed class, studio, rehearsal, and design space to the campus.
The remaining $1 million will be directed to the Windgate Scholarship Fund, which was established within the UCA Foundation in 2005 to provide support for students majoring in art, based on talent and financial need.
"UCA already has arts programs in place to become the university-of-choice for pursuing a professional path in the arts," said Terry Wright, dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication. "A new Fine and Performing Arts Center will fully leverage the resources and talent of the university for the good of program expansion, campus enrichment, and community development like no other opportunity will."