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Funds That Support Visual Arts

Visual Arts
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

This fund provides money for special opportunities or extraordinary needs.

Visual Arts Gallery Fund

This fund supports for UIS’ Visual Arts Gallery, which brings in outstanding artists’ works for the enrichment of the UIS, Springfield, and surrounding communities.

Visual Arts Printmaking Studio Fund

This fund provides for equipment, materials, and other needs of UIS’ printmaking studio.

Scholarship Funds

James Andrews Scholarship Fund

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.

Dr. A.R. and Vivian Eveloff Family Art Scholarship

Dr. A.R. Eveloff co-founded the Springfield Clinic in 1939 and served as a pediatrician for over 50 years. He believed in “going above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the health and well-being of patients and to continually strive for excellence in the delivery of health care” (quoted from the Springfield Clinic website, under “Eveloff Award”). Seventy years later, the Springfield Clinic has become and remains Illinois’ second largest private multi-specialty clinic. Vivian Eveloff was a renowned Springfield artist, producing a vast body of work characterized by her outstanding sense of design and her invented and complex use of patterns. According to UIS professor emeritus Larry Shiner, “Vivian’s art spans seven decades, during which she consistently turned the ordinary world around her into extraordinary images.” She has many exhibits to her credit, including a large exhibit at UIS in 2004. Now, to remember these remarkable Springfield community members, the Eveloffs’ daughter and son-in-law Gail and Wally El-Beck and son Paul Eveloff have instituted a scholarship for an art student. “My mother loved UIS,” Gail says, “and loved interacting with the students there.” The scholarship will be awarded to a student with financial need.

Glosecki Scholarship Fund

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 J. Lesh Memorial Scholarship Fund

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.

Charlotte M. Weiss Visual Arts Scholarship Fund

Unrestricted support for the Charlotte M. Weiss Visual Arts Scholarship Fund.

Other Options

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.


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