Ways to Give

Make a gift to Herron

There are many ways you can make a gift to Herron, including monetary gifts and gifts to specific programs, planned gifts, and gifts of appreciated securities, real estate, or tangible personal property.

You can also make a gift in honor of an esteemed family member, colleague, friend, or mentor, or in memorial of a loved one or friend.

Monetary gifts

Gifts of cash, check, or credit card are welcome.

Checks should be payable to IUF/Herron School of Art and Design.

Mail your gift to:

Herron School of Art and Design
c/o Indiana University Foundation
P.O. Box 6460
Indianapolis, IN 46206-6460

To make a gift using a Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express account, choose a program from the list below.

Program support

Herron's unrestricted fund helps to continue and expand the school's mission by providing immediate support for where the need is greatest.

This critical annual support directly benefits the students, faculty, and friends of the community, as Herron provides exceptional quality education for students committed to careers in the visual arts, while instilling a greater understanding of the visual arts for non-art majors and the community.

Friends of Herron

With a minimum gift of $50, you'll be recognized as a Friend of Herron and become an insider to what's happening with students, faculty, alumni, and community partners. You'll also have an opportunity to engage with the school in ways that are important to you.

Friends of Herron giving levels:

  • Innovation Circle ($500 and above)
  • Inspiration Circle ($250 – $499)
  • Imagination Circle ($50 – $249)
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Support to Herron's academic programs provides for enhanced studio instruction, supplies, technology, and equipment for undergraduate and graduate level students and faculty.

Most importantly, investments in Herron's academic programs help continue to position Herron as a top professional school of art and design, nationally and internationally.

To support a specific academic program, please contact Herron's Office of Development.

Student scholarships shape the future of artistic vision and creative activity in the world around us. Scholarships are a powerful tool to attract the best and brightest students to Herron.

During the 2020–2021 academic year, Herron's undergraduate and graduate students were awarded $252,704 based on donor criteria such as financial need, outstanding talent, historically underrepresented populations, and/or international study.

Named or program-specific scholarships

Scholarships of $1,000 or more can be awarded on an annual basis, or a permanent endowment can be created with a minimum of $25,000 (pledged over multiple years, if preferred). Your gift may be eligible for matching dollars, making your support twice as impactful. Contact Herron’s Office of Development to learn more.

Herron General Scholarship Fund

Your gift to the Herron General Scholarship Fund supports scholarships for students enrolled at the Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI.

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Shared Heritage Scholarship Fund

Your gift to the Shared Heritage Scholarship Fund supports incoming freshmen or transfer students who add diversity to Herron. Preference is given to minority students and is renewable for students who maintain good academic standing.

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Reverend A.G. Fraser International Travel Scholarship Fund

Your gift to the Reverend A.G. Fraser International Travel Scholarship Fund supports full-time Herron students who travel with a Herron-sponsored international program.

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Chelsea G. Stillwell Memorial Scholarship Fund

Your gift to the Chelsea G. Stillwell Memorial Scholarship Fund supports full-time undergraduate photography students.

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The Eleanor Prest Reese, Robert B. Berkshire, and Dorit and Gerald Paul Galleries in combination with the Marsh Gallery and Basile Gallery provide year-round exhibitions and gallery programming to students, faculty, and visitors.

Support to Herron's galleries allows the works of international, regional, and local artists to be accessible to students, faculty, and friends of the community free of charge. Support also helps underwrite the costs associated with the high quality exhibition programming for which Herron is known.

To support the Herron galleries, please contact Herron's Office of Development or follow the button below.

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The Visiting Artist Lecture Series informs and enlightens students, faculty, and friends of the community about the world of contemporary art. Artists, designers, critics, and historians from all over the world are invited to speak at Herron, lecturing on their art, writings, or creative research. Unless noted otherwise, all lectures take place at Herron in the Frank and Katrina Basile Auditorium.

Support to Herron's Visiting Artist Lecture Series allows students, faculty, and friends of the community to attend lectures free of charge. Specifically, support helps underwrite the costs associated with artists’ honorariums, travel, lodging, and other expenses.

To support the Visiting Artist Lectures, please contact Herron's Office of Development.

The impact of Herron in the community stems from both our participation as an academic school and through our Youth Programs. Saturday School, Youth Art Camp, Herron Pre-College, Summer Teen Intensives, and Adult Workshops programs provide children and adults an educational experience in the arts that enhances their capacity for understanding and self-expression.

Contributions to these programs provide for ongoing activities associated with the community education programming including financial support that enables youth and adults to attend these programs that otherwise would not be possible. In addition, support also provides for participant awards, lodging, and travel of visiting scholars and lecturers, program promotion, supplies, and other resources that are necessary to maintain the high quality of instruction for which these programs are known.

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The Valerie Eickmeier Professional Development Fund for Students will support professional development for students at Herron School of Art and Design. Expenditures will include but not be limited to: professional development workshops, seminars, and guest speakers; networking events and career fairs; internships opportunities; and student professional opportunities managed through the Basile Center for Art, Design, and Public Life.

The goal of the fund, which was established in honor of Valerie Eickmeier for her 20 years of service as Dean of Herron School of Art and Design, is to help Herron students gain industry experiences and enrichment to successfully launch their careers in art and design fields.

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Legacy gifts

Legacy gifts allow you to create a bequest to Herron in your will. You can endow a favorite Herron program, create a professorship or give unrestricted support to help provide resources the school can use long into the future.

Learn more about legacy gifts

Other ways to give

Gifts of appreciated securities or real estate are popular alternatives to cash gifts. Such gifts generate a double tax benefit. You receive an income tax deduction for the full fair market value of the property while avoiding capital gains taxes.

A gift of tangible personal property, such as books, equipment, or furniture may be deductible up to the full fair market value of the property if it satisfies the "related use" standard and is documented by a qualified appraisal.

A planned gift commitment provides the opportunity to make significant gifts while maintaining financial responsibilities. It affords you the opportunity to formalize estate planning, retain income with tax benefits, increase income for yourself and/or your beneficiaries, and realize estate and capital gains tax savings.

An honor gift is an especially significant recognition of an esteemed family member, colleague, friend, or mentor. Contributions are made in the name of this significant individual to commemorate the impact they have on the donor’s life. It can be an outright contribution or an endowed gift that will recognize the honoree in perpetuity. Honor gifts also can be made to celebrate a special occasion or event.

A memorial gift is established in tribute to a special person and usually expresses condolence for the loss of a loved one or friend.

Join the Herron Alumni Association

The Herron School of Art and Design Alumni Association sponsors alumni workshops, studio tours, community projects, and other programs to enhance the link between alumni and students to help preserve Herron's identity.

Learn more and join

Contact us

To learn more about Herron, contact Herron's Office of Development:

Kim Hodges
Director of Development
(317) 278-9472

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