Above: A UIS student creates pottery in a visual arts class.
Make a Difference for Visual Arts Students
Your gift in any amount to the funds below provide support for visual arts students. You can use the Donate button to give online. Thank you!
- Visual Arts Program Fund
Visual Arts Gallery Fund
Visual Arts Printmaking Studio Fund
- Scholarship Funds
James Andrews Scholarship Fund
Glosecki Scholarship Fund
Daniel J. Lesh Memorial Scholarship Fund
This fund provides money for special opportunities or extraordinary needs.
This fund supports for UIS’ Visual Arts Gallery, which brings in outstanding artists’ works for the enrichment of the UIS, Springfield, and surrounding communities.
This fund provides for equipment, materials, and other needs of UIS’ printmaking studio.
The James Andrews Memorial Scholarship is funded annually by his daughter, Sally James McKenzie. James Andrews taught at Springfield High School, retired, and then resumed worked as a substitute teacher. In his substituting, he found that students who were not in the highest English classes were not exposed to the arts. Mr. Andrews was hired to teach Faulkner, Hemmingway, and Shakespeare. He often told his students, “Art and humor make life bearable.” This scholarship is intended to help the average, blue-collar worker taking a class in the arts – whether as part of major or for personal fulfillment.
A lover of ceramics and regular student of UIS’ Visual Arts program, Andy Glosecki was also an active member of the Springfield community in general. Yet his longest and most endearing contribution may have been his yearly personification of “Santa Claus” each Christmas season for area children. The Andy Glosecki Scholarship has been established to cherish his memory and heart in the Visual Arts. Applicants for this scholarship must have completed or be currently enrolled in a ceramics class and have a minimum, overall GPA of 3.0.
Daniel Lesh was a Springfield native and undergraduate in the Creative Arts program at Sangamon State University in 1983 before an untimely death claimed his life. His family established the Daniel J. Lesh Memorial Fund in honor and memory of his brief life. Applicants for this scholarship must be in the Creative Arts program, submit a piece of artwork and have financial need.
If you prefer, you can create your own scholarship fund that targets Visual Arts students. Use the links to learn more about these scholarship opportunities. As the principle donor, you would get to name the fund and establish the selection criteria.
We welcome your inquiries. Please use the contact information below.