Windgate grant to help support art workshop

— Each year, participants in the Summer Intensive Art Studio Workshop put their creations on display in the Russell Fine Arts Gallery.

Henderson State University has received a $25,000 grant from the Windgate Charitable Foundation of Arkansas in support of the university’s 2016 Summer Intensive Art Studio Workshop.

This will mark the eighth year for the workshop, which brings artists and educators to the Arkadelphia campus each summer and provides 30 hours of certified professional development. The participants live and work on campus for a week, engaging in a variety of studio art workshops culminating in an exhibit in the Russell Fine Arts gallery.

“We’re thrilled that the Windgate Foundation has recognized the value of Henderson State’s summer art workshop to both practicing artists and art educators,” said Department of Art Chair Katherine Strause. “The foundation primarily supports art and arts education, and our summer workshop connects the university with those communities in a very special way each year.”

Workshop sessions include papermaking, glass sculpture, ceramics, digital photography, figure drawing, printmaking, pastel drawing and watercolor. Henderson State professors lead participants in a majority of their projects, but a number of visiting artists teach as well.

“Our new partnership with Windgate focuses on providing continuing education to Arkansas educators,” said Provost Dr. Steve Adkison. “Henderson State University will continue to serve the state by helping our teachers improve their skills in the classroom and beyond. We look forward to providing more opportunities like this for local teachers.”

To learn more about the Summer Intensive Art Studio Workshop, visit