University of Virginia Council for the Arts
In 1990, the President’s Council for the Arts was created with Mort Caplin as its chair. The first annual fund grant was made by the Arts Council to the University in 1999 for a studio art building plan. This began as an informal process of contributions from the Arts Council to advance areas of the arts at U.Va. The grant process was launched formally in 2003.
The Arts Council provides advocacy, advice, and support for the arts at the University of Virginia. The council strives to develop and strengthen the bonds of interest and participation among the departments and programs of the McIntire Department of Art, the Department of Drama (including the Dance Program), Media Studies (including the Virginia Film Festival), the McIntire Department of Music, the School of Architecture, the Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library, the Music Library, the University of Virginia Art Museum, the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, and their alumni and friends. In addition, the Arts Council advocates on the behalf of these departments and programs to advise and assist with communications as well as to help raise funds in support of academic programs, facilities, and special events.
The Arts Council works on Grounds, in the Charlottesville community, and beyond to promote the arts at the University.
Arts Council members advise the University through meetings, focus groups, and through larger discussions on aspects of arts facilities or programs. Between meetings, selected members are called upon by faculty and administration to serve as arts experts. Direct interactions with deans, arts department chairs,
A $2,500 annual contribution to the Annual Fund for the Arts is an expectation of Arts Council membership over and above gifts to other programs at the University to which council members already contribute. Each council member is strongly encouraged to make a leadership gift for arts capital projects, programs, or endowment.
Approved April 4, 2008
The Arts Council seeks to develop a group experienced with the University’s unique and complex arts environment and who share a vision for the future of the arts at U.Va. The council shall have between 30 and 40 members whose interests and experiences span the visual and performing arts, and whose ages, geographic locations, genders, cultures, and ethnicities reflect the diversity of the University’s constituencies and its arts community. Preference in membership will be given to those who have demonstrated significant support for the University and the arts.
There are three categories of members—Active, Emeritus, and Ex-Officio.
Active members of the Arts Council are:
Emeritus members of the Arts Council:
Ex-officio members of the Arts Council: