The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is establishing the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Endowed Chair in Art after receiving a $2 million gift from Lynda and Stewart Resnick. Both are the co-owners of The Wonderful Company.
The gift, announced for the chair at the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, will further strengthen the school’s ability to recruit, retain and support the work of renowned faculty.
“Art expands the mind, unites communities, pushes people to challenge their assumptions, and makes the world a better place,” Lynda Resnick, vice chair and co-owner of The Wonderful Company, said.
“Stewart and I are delighted to offer this gift which will help educate and train future generations of artists, so that we may all enjoy their work for many years to come.”
The gift is part of UCLA’s Centennial Campaign, which was launched in 2012 and is scheduled to conclude in December 2019 during UCLA’s 100th anniversary year.
The university is looking for a distinguished faculty member who is a respected practitioner in the field to hold the new endowed chair position.
“Since its founding, UCLA has attracted artists operating at the top of their fields, providing students with access to extraordinary mentors who help guide their creative and intellectual development,” Brett Steele, dean of the School of the Arts and Architecture, said.
In the past, the Resnicks have donated $1 million to establish the Resnick Scholars Program in the UCLA Department of Art that supported nearly 150 graduate and undergraduate students. In 2018, they also donated $30 million to help launch the Hammer Museum at UCLA’s capital campaign.