Santa Clara University | Office of Development

A Turning Point for the Arts in Education

For more than 160 years, Santa Clara has transformed students into skilled, ethical citizen leaders who have contributed profoundly to the social, economic, and spiritual wellbeing of our region and the world. Today, Santa Clara has embarked on a new journey— guided by Santa Clara 2020, the University's bold new vision and strategic plan—that promises to transform the University itself.

An initiative to advance and strengthen the role of art and art history is a key element of this strategic plan for the future. Thanks to a generous $12 million gift from distinguished alumnus Ed Dowd ’72, Santa Clara is poised to break ground on the new, state-of-the-art Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building. The new facility will provide a cutting-edge environment to foster the integration of creativity and innovation through the study and practice of art. With construction set to begin in 2015, the 45,422-square-foot facility will open in 2016.

We invite you to explore this exciting new project, imagine the transformative impact it will have on our University and Silicon Valley, and support us in our quest to elevate the arts at SCU and in our community.

Dowd Art construction
Construction Cam

Watch a live feed from Franklin Street as the building is constructed.

The Building
The Building

Discover more about the building's features, design, and cutting-edge learning spaces.

Campus and Community Impact
Campus & Community Impact

Learn how the building will enrich our region and elevate the arts.