Gerry Snyder Named Executive Director of University of Arkansas School of Art

May 28, 2019


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.

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