Highlights: College of Fine Arts

College of Fine Arts Endowments

The College of Fine Arts has seen a great many successes during this campaign — successes that have catalyzed a more accessible and enriched educational experience for students within the College. For the first time in the College's history, we received not only one, but two chair endowments. The first of which was the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Presidential Endowed Chair for Elementary Music Education in the School of Music, which has enabled the School of Music to expand and enhance its elementary school music education program among other things. The second, also in the School of Music, was the Ellen Neilson Barnes Presidential Endowed Chair in Choral Studies, which has been used to bolster learning opportunities, professional development, and repertoire. Both endowments include a scholarship component providing critical support for the students in their respective areas.

We also received The Marva and John Warnock Endowed Art Residency Program in the Department of Art and Art History, which funds nationally renowned artists for multi-week residencies on campus.

And finally, we have The Nancy Peery Marriott Endowed Fund for Scholarship, Performance and Production in Fine Arts, which provides both scholarships and production support allowing our performing departments to stage some of their productions at the University's iconic Kingsbury Hall.

We are incredibly grateful for this immense support, and look forward to continued success.

Tanner Dance

After decades of operating a successful program out of an inadequate 1940s barracks building, Tanner Dance moved into its permanent home in the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts & Education Complex in February 2014. Funding and facility planning for the new building were undertaken jointly by the Colleges of Education and Fine Arts. The state-of-the-art dance and arts space will allow the University of Utah Tanner Dance Program to carry on its seventy-seven year tradition of excellence and continue this legacy for generations to come. We are grateful to loyal donors who believe in the mission of Tanner Dance to create worthwhile human beings who are imaginative and thoughtful life-long learners and contributors to our community and to the world.

Pioneer Theatre Company

The Meldrum House Artist Housing Project (just under $2.6 million) was completed in August 2011, and immediately occupied by guest actors, directors, choreographers and designers employed by Pioneer Theatre Company to create its productions. PTC now enjoys a reputation in the national theatre community for providing the finest artist housing in the country. The renovation of Meldrum House was recognized by the Utah Heritage Foundation in 2012 with an historic preservation award. The project stimulated other refurbishments and improvements in the 200 South block between University Street and 1300 East, including landscaping, new businesses and refinished exteriors.