Transforming visual arts education

Meadows School of the Arts celebrates renovated facilities

Paving the way to the future of visual arts education on the Hilltop, the SMU Meadows School of the Arts celebrated the dedication of its enhanced visual arts facilities on September 16, 2022. Donors led by The Meadows Foundation, Gene and Jerry Jones, Nancy C. and Richard R. Rogers, and G. Marlyne Sexton and family will fuel creative discovery by future generations of artists, visionaries and scholars from across the world.

“At SMU, we believe that inspired minds create an inspiring world,” said R. Gerald Turner, SMU president. “The improvements our donors have made possible will ignite the creative capacities of students as they hone their artistic skills and forge new avenues of educational opportunity and creative thinking.”

The $34 million redesign, which was announced in 2019, supports the major goals of SMU Ignited: Boldly Shaping Tomorrow, the University’s multiyear $1.5 billion campaign for impact. These facilities will empower outstanding students in their artistic and academic endeavors, enrich teaching and research performed both on and off campus, and enhance our community through creative expression and collaboration.

Expected impact

  • Provide inspiring spaces for SMU’s artists, students and visitors in which to create.
  • Encourage innovative teaching, creation, exhibition and interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • Offer technologically and creatively equipped spaces for studying and creating art in a variety of media.