The landmark gift will establish the Berg Global Artist-in-Residence program to bring visiting artists to campus, as well as two Berg Dean’s Faculty Fellowships in the College of Arts and Science.
New opportunities to work with groundbreaking artists and gain exposure to global perspectives will soon be available to students and faculty, thanks to a generous gift from current Vanderbilt parents Allison and Larry Berg. Both efforts will be led by the College of Arts and Science and the office of Tracy Sharpley-Whiting, vice provost for arts and libraries.
The Bergs’ gift spotlights the arts as a focal point of Dare to Grow, a $3.2 billion campaign that is the most ambitious fundraising effort in Vanderbilt’s history.
“We are deeply grateful for Allison and Larry Berg’s visionary gift highlighting the importance of the arts in higher education,” Vanderbilt Chancellor Daniel Diermeier said. “The arts are an essential component of a liberal arts education and what it means to be human.”
In creating the Berg Global Artist-in-Residence program, Vanderbilt will invite a high-impact visual artist to campus for an extended period, during which they will immerse themselves in campus life. The artist-in-residence will help to enrich arts programming and understanding by engaging with faculty, students, staff and community members through exhibitions, lectures, workshops, panel discussions, classes and critiques. The residency will be open to established and emerging visual artists of all media, backgrounds and nationalities.
“These visiting scholars will enhance artistic inquiry, promoting experimentation, self-discovery and understanding of the human experience,” said C. Cybele Raver, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. “This generous gift supports the arts at Vanderbilt, facilitating broader advancements in learning and discovery.”
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