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Efroymson Family Fund Supports UE Art, Creates New Endeavors

Posted: Wednesday, August 3, 2022

The University of Evansville (UE) has received support for its Department of Art from the Efroymson Family Fund for the 2022-23 academic year. The generous gift, which marks the 11th year of annual support from the family, will fund existing traditions and create new opportunities for art students.  

“The Department of Art is deeply committed to providing high-quality, unique experiences for students, and the Efroymson Family Fund is helping us do exactly that,” said Todd Matteson, chair of the UE Department of Art. “We are excited to enhance our students’ education and share even more art with the community through this gift.” 

The Efroymson Family Emerging Contemporary Artists Lecture Series will continue into the next academic year. Through this initiative, professional artists will be selected to display artwork in the Melvin Peterson  and Krannert Galleries. During this time, art students interact with the professional artist through lectures and workshops, and the public is invited to view the galleries. 

Each year, the fund also supports a marketing internship for a current art student. One intern is selected each semester to work closely with the department chair in designing print and digital materials that assist with recruitment, exhibitions and receptions, and departmental advertising. The paid internship provides beneficial, hands-on experience that allows for growth beyond the classroom. 

For the second year in a row, the Efroymson Family Fund will provide a Bridge Fellowship Program. The UE Department of Art will extend this opportunity to a recent art graduate who wishes to pursue further art education. This individual will work on research and assist with studio management and teaching. The fellow will also receive a studio space and exhibit their research. The assistance performed by the Bridge Year Fellow will allow current art faculty to dedicate more time to classrooms, student mentorship, and artwork. 

“The Efroymson Family is proud to support the work of University of Evansville and its mission to empower each student to think critically, act bravely, serve responsibly, and live meaningfully in a changing world,” said Jeremy Efroymson, vice chair of the Efroymson Family Fund. 

Learn more about the UE Department of Art, or follow the department and the Melvin Peterson Gallery on Facebook

About the Efroymson Family Fund  

The Efroymson Family Fund, a donor-advised fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation, continues a long family legacy of charitable giving. The Efroymson Family Fund was established in 1998 by Dan and Lori Efroymson to promote the viability of communities, and to date, the family has awarded more than $123 million in grants in central Indiana and beyond.  For more information about the Efroymson Family Fund, visit

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