College of Fine Arts more than halfway in capital campaign


Vermont College of Fine Arts has raised $2.2 million toward its newly launched $3.5 million capital campaign, including a $1 million gift from an anonymous donor. The gift represents the largest in the college’s history. President Thomas Greene announced  that the “Campaign for VCFA” will continue the school’s growth as a prominent center for graduate arts education.

VCFA logo copy“VCFA is thriving,” said Greene. “This is an exciting time for our college, as we begin to transform our historic campus to further serve our growing community and to reinforce our standing as a national center for the arts.”

The campaign will focus on two primary projects, the renovation of an existing building to create an exhibition and performance center and the creation of an alumni and faculty center named after long-time writing program director Louise Crowley.

“Alumni Hall is a beautiful building that has been underutilized as a mostly inactive gymnasium for years,” said Greene. “We will transform it into a dynamic, multi-purpose facility that will be needed exhibition and performance space for our students, faculty and visiting artists.”

The new Louise Crowley Center will be a state-of-the-art complex that provides housing and meeting space, both indoors and out. It is a space designed for inspiration and artistic rejuvenation.  “For many, Louise Crowley is at the heart of the VCFA experience,” continued Greene. “We are proud that this new space, one that will support our deep sense of community, bears her name.”

“All over the world VCFA is alive with art. Writers, composers, visual artists, graphic designers, filmmakers and teachers are growing as artists, professionals and people,” said Bill Schubart, chair of the VCFA Board of Trustees.  “This is a seminal moment in our school’s history as we advance our historic campus to become the cornerstone of this dynamic community.”

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