When you join Friends, you join an exclusive group of people who are committed to
supporting students who are pursuing degrees in the arts and communication.
Your support helps students pay their tuition, travel to competitions and conferences,
and participate in unique learning opportunities.
For your support, you receive special benefits and privileges that allow
you to be "front and center" when experiencing the arts and communication
on the Texas State University campus.
To learn more about Friends, select the options below.
As a member of the Friends of Fine Arts and Communication, we are pleased to do the following for you:
*These benefits available to Silver Friends and above
The base membership begins at $100. Prices and benefits are the same for both personal and business memberships.
*Membership Benefits of complimentary tickets are good for all College events—music, theatre, dance and art unless designated as a fund-raiser and do not apply to the Encore Performing Arts Series.
Friends of Fine Arts and Communication members’ financial contributions fund a variety of projects for the College.
Time magazine recently documented the benefits a community receives from those who work in the arts:
The Friends of Fine Arts and Communication group has grown and changed over the past 30 years. In 1979, then Dean of the School of Creative Arts, Dr. Ralph Harrel and San Marcos resident Maude Ogle worked together to establish a local group of fine arts patrons who were committed in supporting the university's performing arts programs. Dr. Harrel served as the Dean from 1971 – 1985 and was instrumental in pursuing the vision of the original idea. Maude and her husband Bob Ogle, a retired faculty member from the University of Chicago, had recently moved to San Marcos from the Chicago area where she worked as a piano teacher. Maude loved the arts and worked hand in hand with Dean Harrel in establishing the link with then SWT and local community. The original group was at first called the "Dean's List," they each agreed to pay a basic fee of $15.00 to go towards an endowment placed in the Dean's discretionary fund. This fund was to be used for scholarships within the School of Fine Arts, for the benefit of worthy students. In 1980 the group officially became known as the "Friends" organization. This charter included 102 founding members. Their goal was to promote the arts both locally and at the university, and to build an endowment fund for university students. In 1985, Dr. T. Richard Cheatham was appointed as the Dean of the School of Fine Arts & Communication. The group "Friends" again took a new name, becoming the "SWT Friends of Fine Arts" and by 1987 Dean Cheatham established the first board of directors and by-laws. In 1989, "Communication" was added to the Friends title. In 1993, Dean Cheatham and the Friends group organized elections establishing the first state of independently elected officers. Bob Sappington was elected the first president of the newly reconstituted Friends group. Since then, both Bob Sappington and Dr. Peter Coulson have each served two terms as president. When the university officially changed its name to Texas State University, the "Friends" group officially dropped SWT from its name and became known simply as the Friends of Fine Arts & Communication. Today the Friends group has grown to well over 450 members with an endowment valued at over $75,000.00 and continues to provide scholarships for our students and faculty within the College of Fine Arts & Communication.
For assistance, please contact Kevin D. Gilley in the College of Fine Arts & Communication at 512.245.9170.