President Teresa Amott announced plans for a new arts and art history building Friday afternoon. The building will aim to provide studio spaces for faculty and senior capstone projects, as well as other state-of-the-art facilities. The project represents the first academic building to be added to campus in 40 years.
The announcement follows news from alumni who have agreed to donate $5 million, the largest singular gift that Knox has received in its history. The donors are Dick and Joan Whitney Whitcomb, of the classes of 1957 and 1956 respectively. They currently live in Atlanta, where they have been supporters of the arts for a number of years.
The Whitcombs have made gifts to Knox in the past, including the $500,000 that kicked off fundraising for the renovation of Alumni Hall. They ended up donating another $750,000 to the project.