WALLA WALLA, Wash.- Fund raising for Whitman College's future Center for Visual Arts has received a $250,000 boost from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.

Last fall the Allen Foundation awarded Whitman a "challenge" grant of $250,000. The college had two years (beginning Oct. 1,2005) to raise its$250,000 for the arts project, after which the foundation would match that amount. Gifts from trustees and alumni met the challenge by mid-December and the college received the Allen Foundation's $250,000 award late last year. Fund raising for the $13.5 million center is still ongoing, and the college is approximately half-way to its goal,said John Bogley, vice president for development and college relations.

For more information about the center or the college's fund-raising efforts, please contact the Whitman College Office of Development at 527-5165.

The Center for Visual Arts, which will be built on the site of the college's current Health Center located at 140 S. Park St., will include studios for a variety of media, including drawing, painting,
sculpture (ceramic, wood and metal), digital arts, printmaking, book arts, design and photography. Gallery space will allow for expanded public access, and additional office space is intended to help the college attract additional talented faculty.

In addition, the Center for Visual Arts is expected to enhance the burgeoning Walla Walla arts community by providing an anchor for the city's proposed arts corridor. The city's master plan calls for such a corridor, including studios and galleries, three blocks from the campus. The addition of the college's arts center on campus will offer local artists and community members access to an increased number of exhibits, lectures and demonstrations by current and visiting artists. The center is expected to enhance Whitman's already strong cultural connections and contributions to the Walla Walla Valley.

CONTACT: Lenel Parish, Whitman College News Service, (509) 527-5156


Email: parishlj@whitman.edu