Alumni Relations

VPA Alumni



The college of Visual and Performing Arts has a mission to provide, within a broadly based curriculum, exceptional professional and liberal arts degree programs which combine creative development in an artistic discipline with career preparation through individualized instruction. They offer culturally enriching opportunities to all students and members of the university and regional communities while supporting the highest academic, artistic, and ethical standards, the cultivation of creativity, continuous personal and professional growth, artistic and scholarly collaboration, interdisciplinary inquiry and scholarship, and diversity


Celebrating Hector and Carol Garcia

Emeritus Fine Arts Professor Hector Garcia (at the podium) and his wife, Carol, (left) were honored as recipients of the 2016-2017 George H. Koegel Lifetime Achievement Award by the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre. The honor was bestowed at the annual Anthony Awards presentation on Sunday, June 4, at the Ian Rolland Gallery at the Arts United Center, 303 E. Main Street, Fort Wayne.

Since 1981, Carol has been an active member of the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre Guild volunteering on the Guild shows, opening night parties and many other activities, all in support of strengthening the Civic Theatre. Hector continues to share his incredible talents with the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre. Hector designed the Anthony Award statue and the George H. Koegel Lifetime Achievement Award that he himself received during the award ceremony. In addition, Hector's sculptural art work, Thespian Angel Ascending, still hangs on a lobby wall in the Arts United Center, home of the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre.

Give Back

Are you interested in giving back to the College of Arts and Sciences? Consider giving to one of the following funds or scholarships:

  • Fine Arts Scholarship
  • IPFW Foundation Fine Arts Discretionary Fund
  • Choral Ensemble Gift Fund
  • Indian Music Series Gift Fund
  • IPFW Foundation Music Discretionary Fund
  • IPFW Foundation Theatre Discretionary Fund
  • IPFW Foundation Visual and Performing Arts Discretionary Fund
  • IPFW Foundation Visual Communication and Design Discretionary Fund
  • Music Scholarship
  • Music Performance Gift Fund
  • Steinway Gift Fund
  • Music Therapy Gift Fund
  • Theatre Scholarship
  • Woodwind Quartet Gift Fund
  • Visual and Performing Arts Endowed Scholarship
  • Symphonic Winds Gift Fund
  • Visual Communication and Design Scholarship

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