UA School Of Art Names New Interim Director

The University of Arkansas School of Art has not yet found its permanent director, but it has a new interim director – one of its own. Matthew McConnell will serve as interim director for the next academic year, the university announced Tuesday (July 31). A search will resume for a permanent director, to be in place by the fall of 2019.

The school was made possible by a $120 million grant from the Walton Family Charitable Foundation. That 2017 gift elevated the program from a department to a school of art. It is providing hundreds of thousands of dollars for scholarships, and it set forth performance metrics for the school.

A cultural shift is occurring both on campus and in the way art and design practices are being viewed in society – as generators for innovation, said Kayla Crenshaw, director of communications for the school of art.   MORE

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