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The Visual Arts Center (VAC) is a vibrant collaboration and exhibition space, deeply committed to facilitating the creation and exhibition of contemporary art and design. As a part of the Department of Art and Art History, the VAC not only serves as a catalyst for art in the Texas community, but as an important resource for students and faculty. It serves as a hub for art education and innovation right in the center of The University of Texas at Austin.

The VAC opened its doors in September 2010, transforming the Department and the Austin art scene. Since then, the VAC keeps a robust exhibition and public programming schedule, averaging over 100 visitors a day and hosting more than one thousand guests at its opening season celebrations. To make this programming possible, the VAC relies heavily on generous support.

Philanthropic donations sustain VAC activities, from the annual Artist-in-Residence program to student exhibitions to unique public programs that serve the Austin arts community. All of which provide students with hands-on educational experiences. Gifts at all levels are appreciated - from vital investment in operating expenses, to annual underwriting support, to special programmatic support through the Visual Arts Center Endowment.

Annual support at the $1,000 level ($84/month) and above is acknowledged through the VAC’s membership program, the Underwriter’s Circle. Each Underwriter’s Circle member receives invitations to exclusive events as well as recognition on the donor wall at the entrance to the VAC. Select naming opportunities are also available for a number of superior exhibition spaces within the Visual Arts Center. Partnerships with local businesses and organizations are always welcome to support public programming and special events.

Learn more about the various ways you can support the VAC by contacting:

Sondra Lomax, Executive Director and Associate Dean for Development
College of Fine Arts
(512) 471-6468

A very special thanks to the Founding Donors of the Visual Arts Center Endowment

Steven W. Leslie

Curtis R. and Carol O. Kayem

Ollabelle and Gary Hall

Anne Scott Ebert

Charlene Cline Marsh
Ann S. Butler
Robin and Trey Hancock
Alma C. Madden
Allison and David Ayers
Carla and Kelly Thompson
Sara and Robert Hallam
Margaret Wilson Reckling
Mary Crouch

Thank you to the Visual Arts Center Underwriter's Circle
(January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016)

National Endowment for the Arts
Stratus Properties, Inc.

Suzanne Deal Booth
The Tapeats Fund / David Graham
Christine Mattsson and John McHale
W Hotel

Allison and David Ayers
Jeanne and Michael Klein
Dorothea L. Leonhardt Foundations, Inc.

Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co. (The ABGB)
Margaret Barnes
Vicki Bartholow
Ellen and David Berman
Lisa Laughlin Boyd
Claire Cavender
Suzanne and Richard Cavender
Cynthia Coulson
Kaleta Doolin
Beth and Clif Douglass
Anne Scott Ebert
Kay Ebert
The Felvis Foundation / David Graham
Susanna and Richard Finnell
Deborah Green and Clayton Aynesworth
Mary Margaret Greer
Karen and Rick Hawkins
Janet and Charles Hornberger
Melanie and Charlie Jones
Ellen and David Lake
C.C. Marsh
Joan Marshall
Laurence Miller
Shalini Ramanathan and Chris Tomlinson
Stephen Redman
Caroline and Robert Schupbach
Kate and Woody Scott
Courtney and Tobin Smith
Rosemary and Matt Stewart
Gail and Rodney Susholtz
Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation / Lauren Collins