Walton group donates $120 million to University of Arkansas to create a school of art

The Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation will donate $120 million to the University of Arkansas to create a school of art. The gift, announced Wednesday (Aug. 23) is the largest ever given to a U.S. university to support or build a school of art, university officials said.

“This gift creates the first and only school of art in the state of Arkansas, and will propel art education and research in the state forward while also providing unparalleled access and opportunity to students,” noted the UA statement. “The gift will also help position the School of Art as a center of excellence in art education, art history, graphic design and studio art curriculum.”

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Shelly Jo Jacobs

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