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Funds That Support Art, Music, and Theatre

Art, Music, and Theatre

Make a Difference for Students in Art, Music, or Theatre

The Department of Art, Music, and Theatre includes academic programs of study in the disciplines of art, music, and theatre. You can still support each of the disciplines individually. The list belowwill take you to each discipline; from there you can search for specific funds. If you prefer, you can also search for funds on these (shorter) pages: Funds that Support Art, Music, Theatre.

Make a Difference for Art Students

Your gift in any amount to the funds below provide support for accountancy students. You can use the Donate button to give online. Thank you!

General Funds for Visual Arts

Scholarship Funds for Visual Arts

General Funds for Visual Arts

Visual Arts Program Fund

This fund provides money for special opportunities or extraordinary needs.

  • Faculty and students can travel to a regional contest or art show to display their works.
  • Faculty can take part in a special opportunity to update their skills. Professors need to be aware of the latest developments in their field, so that they can pass this knowledge on to their students.
  • The program can purchase special equipment, software, resources, or training modules to help our students attain success and achieve their goals.
  • The program can use the funds to share students’ art with the Springfield community.

These activities and others like them enrich our students immeasurably, enhancing the education they receive at UIS—but we could not do any of them without the discretionary money given to this fund.

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 for Visual Arts

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 privatemulti-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.” Shehas 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.

Make a Difference for Music Students

The Music Program at UIS is now part of a new department: the UIS Arts, Music, and Theatre Department which includes academic programs of study in all three disciplines. You can still support music programs specifically, however, by giving to one of the following funds. Thank you!

General Funds for Music

Scholarship Funds for Music

General Funds for Music

Music Fund

This fund provides money for special opportunities or extraordinary needs—and music has many such opportunities and needs!

  • Faculty and students can travel to present a concert or take part in a special event.
  • Faculty can take part in a special opportunity to update their skills. Professors need to be aware of the latest developments in their field, so that they can pass this knowledge on to their students.
  • The program can purchase special equipment, music scores, resources, or training modules to help our students attain success and achieve their goals.
  • The program could also use this fund for the maintenance of instruments or even the purchase of new ones.

These activities and others like them enrich our students immeasurably, enhancing the education they receive at UIS—but we could not do any of them without the discretionary money given to this fund.

Jack S. Dolan Endowment Fund

Jack Dolan, longtime Springfield resident who worked and taught for many years at St. John’s Hospital as a nurse anesthesiologist, has generously given a gift to UIS in support students in the music program. He would like to encourage students at UIS engaged in music programs because music can help students gain a better appreciation of the finer things in life. Read more of Mr. Dolan’s story.

Music Merit Awards

This provides funds for music merit awards in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Scholarship Funds for Music

Polly Roesch Music Scholarship

Polly Roesch (right), long-time Springfield resident and patron of music, created this scholarship for a student with academic merit in any major who is enrolled in one or more music ensembles. Applicants must submit both a music sample so the committee can assess their musical talent and a narrative that describes the role of music in the student’s life.

Suzanna Kay Shiner Scholarship Endowment Fund

Free-spirited Suzanna Shiner was an expert in sonar mapping of the ocean floor. Her ship, “The Performer” was on its way to search for a downed British helicopter in the Atlantic when Suzanna suffered a burst blood vessel that ended her life a few hours later in June, 2002. Family and friends of the UIS community, where her father, Larry Shiner, was a philosophy professor, as well as those of the Springfield area, rallied together to establish the Suzanna Kay Shiner Scholarship in memory of the brilliant math major, musician and daughter. Qualified applicants will be full-time students of academic merit enrolled in a music class or ensemble. A performance sample and narrative describing the role music plays in their lives is also required.

Make a Difference for Theatre Students

Your gift in any amount to the funds below provide support for students in the UIS Theatre Program (soon to be part of a major!). You can use the Donate button to give online.

General Fund for Theatre

Theatre Program Fund

This fund provides money for special opportunities or extraordinary needs.

  • The program can use these funds in support of a theater event—a play or student-directed scenes (these events often require a great deal of support but the entire community benefits!).
  • Faculty can take part in a special opportunity to update their skills. Professors need to be aware of the latest developments in their field, so that they can pass this knowledge on to their students.
  • The department can purchase special equipment, resources, or other materials to help our students attain success and achieve their goals.

These activities and others like them enrich our students immeasurably, enhancing the education they receive at UIS—but we could not do any of them without the discretionary money given to this fund.

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.

Other Options

If you prefer, you can create your own scholarship fund that targets Art, Music, or Theatre students. Use the link to learn more about these scholarship opportunities. As the principle donor, you would get to name the fund and establish the selection criteria.

Questions?

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