UNiTed and Supporting those in Need
The rapid changes in our students’ academic experiences have forced the university to adjust in ways we could have never anticipated. Now, more than ever, we value the importance of standing united and supporting those in need. We understand that this is an unsettling time for everyone, and we sincerely thank you for your desire to give back to our students and the university.
Thank you for your dedication and commitment to our students!
Earning a degree from UNT, a Tier One research university, can be life-changing! In the College of Visual Arts and Design, we are passionate about partnering with alumni and friends to make education attainable and exceptional for our students. As a leading research university that is renowned nationally and internationally, UNT is recognized for its scholarship in all fields — from fine arts to technology, humanities to life sciences, and music to entrepreneurship. The College of Visual Arts and Design is committed to the creation and advancement of innovative research, art and scholarship. UNT’s official Carnegie classification is R1 Doctoral University with the highest research activity, which is Carnegie’s top classification for research universities.
When you give to UNT, you support the unique experience that helps our students soar higher. Thank you for investing in our future and making a difference in CVAD for the creative leaders of the future.
Ways to Give
We have identified two funds that best serve the College of Visual Arts and Design during this time of need. You can support these efforts by making a gift to these two funds.
The Dean’s Excellence Fund also provides immediate, essential support to our students. This fund serves as a vital resource to help our students and campus respond to opportunities and challenges as they occur. When you support the Dean’s Excellence Fund, you support the strategic vision of the college by allowing the Dean to have flexibility in directing the use of resources to the priorities of the college during this difficult time.
More than 75% of UNT students received financial aid in 2019. During these times of uncertainty, scholarships make the difference in whether or not our students will be able to continue pursuing higher education, and will truly make a significant impact on the lives of our students and their families.
Other Ways to Give
When you give to the college annually, you make a difference in the lives of students, faculty, and staff who study, teach, and work to strengthen the college. These collective acts of generosity help ensure that a UNT education remains affordable and within reach for our deserving students.
Visit the Annual Recurring Gift to CVAD web page available through the Division of University Advancement.
Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contribution made by their employees. To make your gift go even further, find out if your company has a matching gift policy by searching for your employer's name.
Learn more on the Matching Gifts web page.
If your company is eligible, request a matching gift form from your employer and send it completed and signed with your gift. We will take care of the rest.
Estate and Planned Gifts
Donors who choose to establish planned gifts to benefit the college help secure the future of UNT.
Working with our planned-giving experts, you can choose to make an outright gift or defer your giving through a bequest. You can even take advantage of a charitable gift annuity or other life-income gifts that enable you to establish a legacy now and still provide you with an income during your lifetime.
Learn more about Planned Giving to align your legacy with UNT today!
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The Largesse of Many Donors made CVAD's Transformation Possible
In October 2019, the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design celebrated its expanded and renovated $70 million state-of-the-art facilities, thanks in part to dedicated donors who supported this visionary project.
The 238,000-square-foot, four-story, open-concept building features named spaces that honor the friends of UNT who are leaving a lasting legacy in the College of Visual Arts and Design.
- Cora Stafford Gallery
- D. Jack and Gail C. Davis Conference Room
- Gloria and Bruzzy Westheimer Texas Fashion Collection Research Gallery
- Milnes Advising Center
- Nancy B. and Jake L. Hamon Auditorium
- Jo Ann (Jody) & Dr. Charles O. Onstead Institute for Education in the Visual Arts & Design
- Paul Voertman Gallery
- Ray and Georgia Gough Design Research Space
- Samson Family Critique Space
- Susan J. Gabbard Art Education Classroom
“Our donors stepped up in a big way on this project,” said David Wolf, vice president for University Advancement. “Their generosity helped transform CVAD artistic initiatives into a world-class space where UNT students and faculty will thrive for years to come.”
CVAD facilities now seamlessly marry new construction to the existing building, allowing almost all of the college’s award-winning programs to be housed in the same space. Now one of the most technologically advanced art facilities in the world, CVAD’s new home enables UNT’s community of artists, designers and scholars to develop and grow into the creative leaders of tomorrow.
The building’s fabrication labs foster innovation with 3D modeling and printing capabilities, multi-axis routers and digitized textiles equipment. And the New Media Art program — a discipline that combines new technology with traditional art forms—now has access to a digital studio that is adjacent to a full-scale photography studio.
The courtyard, sky bridges and floor-to-ceiling windows allow passersby a view of UNT’s innovative creativity, and visitors who come inside will be treated to galleries featuring a wide variety of works by renowned, emerging and student artists.
“UNT’s community of artists and scholars is incredibly grateful for the donors who collaborated with us to provide critical support for program initiatives benefitting from this one-of-a-kind space,” said Greg Watts, then-dean of the College of Visual Arts and Design. “The building’s design is intended to encourage curiosity, and we hope the community always will feel invited in to see the work this project has made possible.”
Deans Davis and Milnes continue to build on their legacies
Tour CVAD's newly renovated building and you will find spaces named for donors who helped create one of the most technologically-advanced art facilities in the world — including the D. Jack and Gail C. Davis Conference Room and the Milnes Advising Center, named in honor of two former CVAD deans.
"l'm grateful to be in partnership with former deans who continue to invest in the college's exciting future.'' says Greg Watts, CVAD dean. "Along with providing important scholarships, their gifts are supporting spaces that are critical to our college and places of immense impact for our students."
Jack Davis, an Emeritus Professor with a 40-year tenure at UNT, oversaw the art school's transition to a college and served as its Founding Dean from 1993-2004, and renowned ceramics artist Robert Milnes continued transforming the college into one of the nation's most comprehensive visual arts programs until his retirement in 2014. Both former deans have given generously to support student scholarships and help fund a world-class space for the college's unique resources and award-winning programs.
"I enjoyed and was inspired by my time at UNT — great students, great colleagues," says Milnes. "Karen and I are focused on opportunities for people to do something wonderful that will change their lives."
As the college continues to thrive, Davis and Milnes continue to build on their legacies.
"Having invested 40 years of my career in the University of North Texas, I am grateful for all of the opportunities that UNT afforded me," says Davis. "My wife, Gail, and I are pleased that we can support CVAD with annual gifts and with planned gifts through our estate."
Creativity takes many shades at UNT, and former CVAD deans Jack Davis and Robert Milnes have long been dedicated to forging opportunities that help innovative students thrive.