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Future of the arts at SMU

Transformation of the Meadows School visual arts facilities

To walk through the doors of the visual arts facilities at SMU Meadows School of the Arts is to enter a world that transcends conventional boundaries; bridges the classic, the contemporary and emerging frontiers; and equips a new generation of artists, creatives, innovators, and thinkers to become more influential in every sector of a rapidly changing world.

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March 2020 groundbreaking event

Inspiring spaces for aspiring artists

New and renovated spaces will foster creativity; encourage innovative teaching, practice, creation, exhibition and collaboration; and attract a talented and diverse community of artists, scholars and visitors from across the campus and around the world. What emerges is a pipeline of creative and artistic talent and leadership that continues to elevate Dallas as a significant nexus for design, innovation and artistic practice and contributes to the rising national and international reputation of Meadows as a leading school of visual, performing and communication arts.

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How would you change SMU Meadows?

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The Meadows visual arts facilities occupy a prominent location at the heart of the historic main campus, with Bishop Boulevard to the east and Hillcrest Avenue to the west.

Phase One: $34 million

Phase One of the renovation will modernize the north wing of the building from Hillcrest Avenue to Bishop Boulevard. The project will create and improve academic spaces for the visual arts, art history and creative computation while transforming exterior entrances into grand, welcoming and accessible spaces.

William B. Jordan Gallery

SMU Meadows School of the Arts aims to celebrate the legacy of the late William B. (“Bill”) Jordan, internationally known scholar, teacher, author, founding director of the Meadows Museum and former chair of the Division of Fine Arts, with the creation of the William B. Jordan Gallery. To be located on the first floor of the original home of the Meadows Museum, the new gallery will be ideally situated for student critique sessions, temporary exhibitions and gallery talks.

Thanks to donations from Dr. Jordan’s friends, colleagues, and former students, fundraising to support the construction of the William B. Jordan Gallery is more than halfway to the goal of $1 million.

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William B. Jordan

Tribute to William B. Jordan, founding director of Meadows Museum and former chair of Division of Fine Arts.

Thumbnail Photo: William B. Jordan and Algur H. Meadows

Naming Opportunities

Nancy C. and Richard R. Rogers Center for Visual Arts
Home to the academic pursuits of art, art history and creative computation with a new formal entrance on the north side of the building.

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Gene and Jerry Jones Grand Atrium and Plaza
Landscaped plaza along Bishop Boulevard and adjacent enclosed atrium for formal and impromptu student performances, concerts, and events.

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Sexton Family Courtyard
Lush space along Hillcrest Avenue suitable for gatherings, serving as the west entryway for Greer Garson Theatre and Hamon Arts Library.

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Main Gallery
Original home of the Meadows Museum restored as a gallery to display rotating exhibitions and to serve as an elegant entertainment space, with access to the Dean’s Suite.

$3 million
Sexton Family Art Studio and Terrace
Newly created, expansive art studio on the top floor and accompanying terrace suited for en plein air painting.

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Paul W. Harris Promenade
Expanded, inviting pedestrian walkway connecting the heart of SMU’s campus along Bishop Boulevard to the western thoroughfare of Hillcrest Avenue.

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Spark the future

For more information about giving opportunities in support of the transformation of SMU Meadows School of the Arts facilities, please contact Nicholas Weege, director of development, at 214-768-2610 or nweege@smu.edu.

Transformation of the Meadows School visual arts facilities

To walk through the doors of the visual arts facilities at SMU Meadows School of the Arts is to enter a world that transcends conventional boundaries; bridges the classic, the contemporary and emerging frontiers; and equips a new generation of artists, creatives, innovators, and thinkers to become more influential in every sector of a rapidly changing world.