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Gerry Snyder Named Executive Director of the University of Arkansas’s School of Art

Gerry Snyder, the dean of the School of Art at Pratt Institute in New York, is heading to Arkansas, where he will become the first executive director of the University of Arkansas’s School of Art on July 1. Snyder will also serve as distinguished professor of art and special adviser to the chancellor for arts integration.

“We are excited to have Gerry join our team to lead the School of Art,” said Todd Shields, dean of the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. “He is exceptionally qualified for this position, as an internationally recognized artist with experience building facilities and programs from the ground up at top art institutes. He has the vision to build our school and infuse art into multiple disciplines and curricula across campus and into the community.”

Founded in 2017 with a $120 million gift from the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation, the School of Art offers five degree options: a bachelor of fine arts in art education or studio art, a bachelor of arts in studio art or art history, and a master of fine arts in studio art. Snyder will work with faculty to create a strategic plan for the continued growth and development of the school.

Snyder’s art can be found in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the de Young Museum of San Francisco, the New Mexico Museum of Art, and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas. Previously, he served in various roles at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, including chief academic officer, vice president of academic affairs, and professor of art, and taught at the College of Santa Fe, the Pacific Northwest College of Art, and New York University.

“I look forward to joining the University of Arkansas this summer and working with the talented team of faculty and chancellor Steinmetz to build this new School of Art and infuse art into curricula that touches all areas of campus,” Snyder said. “This is truly a unique opportunity and I’m honored to be a part of it as we continue to weave the arts into the fabric of the Northwest Arkansas region, beginning with the growth of the school and the new Windgate Arts and Design District.”

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