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Windgate Art and Design contains three art galleries that play an important role in the teaching mission of the Department of Art and the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as serving the entire Fort Smith community and River Valley region. For general information about our galleries, please contact Kara Smith by phone at 478-788-7530 or by email at

Windgate Gallery

The main gallery space is located on the first floor of Windgate Art and Design. Its primary mission is to provide the greater campus and surrounding community with a contemporary venue that continually explores both historical perspectives and new directions in visual art. Exhibitions feature nationally/internationally known artists as well as a biennial studio art faculty exhibition. Past exhibitions have included works by Sam King, Arkansas Women to Watch, Robert Pruitt, Kay Healy, Bethany Springer, Mark Lewis, and Ke Francis.

Don Lee Student Gallery

The second floor gallery, which is primarily devoted to student work, is named for Don Lee, long-time head of the Department of Art, who built the program at UAFS through years of dedication to the students and the community. This gallery hosts art exhibitions that are organized by both faculty and student curators and provides an opportunity for students to learn experientially about professional curation, exhibition design, and presentation.

Nadine & Bob Miller Pre-Function Gallery

The Nadine and Bob Miller Pre-Function Gallery sits adjacent to the Windgate Gallery on the first floor, surrounding visitors with displays of the works of internationally known artists from the permanent collection. Of note in this gallery are nine paintings by the Canadian artist Bratsa Bonifacho, whose work plays with layers of text using a visual language that often suggests the results of computer viruses. This extensive collection was made possible by the generosity of the artist, who donated a majority of the paintings in 2016.