Windgate Center of Art + Design

The new facility, located on the UA Little Rock campus at 28th Street and East Campus Drive, brings together under one roof the applied design program that was located at University Plaza and the art history and studio arts programs that were in the Fine Arts Building, a structure built in 1977 to house the departments of art and music. The building is designed to achieve a LEED Silver rating with the USGBC LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system.

Project Financing & Timeline

The visual arts building was funded by a $20.3 million grant award approved by the Trustees of the Windgate Charitable Foundation, headquartered in Siloam Springs, Ark. The grant, designated for building construction and equipment, was the second largest gift in UA Little Rock’s history. This building will be among the finest higher education facilities in the country for visual arts education.

Project Team

  • Building Contractor: Nabholz Construction
  • Architectural Firm: WER Architects/Planners
  • Engineering Firms: Bernhard TME & Development Consultants


Finished construction photos courtesy of Nabholz