Lindners create endowment for art
$2.8 million gift will support teaching and research
From Staff Report
and Martha Lindner of Cincinnati have made a $2.8 million gift
to the University to support teaching and research in art history.
By strengthening a program in the arts, the contribution helps
the University meet one of its top priorities — making
the fine and performing arts here among the best in the nation.
Lindners, whose daughter Blake is a fourth-year art history
major, will create a permanent endowment for the art history
program in U.Va.’s McIntire Department of Art. In recognition
of the gift, and pending approval by the Board
the area of the University Grounds occupied by the art history
program will be named the Carl H. and Martha S. Lindner Center
for Art History.
“ Support of this magnitude from parents is a tremendous vote of confidence
in the academic experience at the University. We are grateful for what this gift
provides and what it represents,” said University President John T. Casteen
III. “I am especially pleased that this endowment will help us fulfill
one of our Virginia 2020 [long-range planning] goals, which is to place our programs
in the fine and performing arts among the best in the nation.”
new Lindner endowment fund will support both graduate and undergraduate
study in art history, as well as faculty research initiatives
and course development, according to Lawrence O. Goedde, chairman
of the art department. The fund will also support the increasing
use of digital technology in the teaching of art history, and
it will make it possible to bring distinguished visiting scholars
to the University for a semester or an academic year.
major use for the Lindner fund will be travel fellowships and
language training for students going abroad,” Goedde
said. “There is no substitute for experiencing art firsthand,
and this requires visiting sites and collections in this country
and overseas. The gift will also make it possible for art history
classes to attend course-related exhibits and symposia, to
visit museums and to meet with curators.”
of American Financial Group Inc., a Fortune 500 company engaged
primarily in insurance and other financial products, Carl Lindner
said he and his wife were inspired to make the gift by their
daughter’s experience in the art history program. They
were particularly pleased to see how the global and historical
perspectives that come from studying art history translate
into real-world skills, which their daughter put to use in
a White House internship.
professors and the program challenged our daughter and helped
her to blossom academically, which has given her confidence
in other areas of her life,” Lindner said. “We’ve
also come to appreciate how the University reaches out to students
and to their families.”
Lindners have been active supporters of the arts and education
in the Cincinnati area (Martha Lindner served on the board
of the Cincinnati Children’s Theatre for many years),
and they view their gift as a way to help propel the University’s
highly regarded art history program to the top level among
its peers. The program is known for its wide-ranging faculty
expertise, which extends from classical art and archaeology
to Renaissance and Baroque art to contemporary art. The faculty
also includes distinguished scholars of American decorative
arts and non-Western art.
program is a national gem that deserves attention,” Carl
addition to receiving the Lindner gift, the University’s
art history program will soon benefit from upgraded facilities.
Fayerweather Hall, a 19th-century gymnasium that now houses
both the studio art and art history programs, will be thoroughly
renovated. The building and its environs will be devoted entirely
to art history and will be encompassed by the Lindner Center.
Fayerweather Hall renovation, made possible by $4.6 million
from the general obligation bond approved by Virginia voters
in November 2002, is scheduled to begin in June and be complete
in 2006. The architect for the project is Dagit-Saylor of Philadelphia.