Gwen Frostic School of Art

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Frostic School of Art Named for Famed Alumna, Artist

A famous artist and alumna who became Western Michigan University’s most generous benefactor now has a University school named after her. The WMU Board of Trustees approved the naming of the Gwen Frostic School of Art at its meeting on April 27th.

Frostic was a celebrated Michigan artist, whose lifelong love affair with her alma mater culminated in her bequest of a gift of $13 million to WMU, the largest single gift in the school’s history.

Frostic, one of WMU’s most accomplished alumni, died on April 25, 2001, the day before her 95th birthday. Widely known since the 1950s for her block print art, she died in her longtime home in Benzonia, Mich., where she operated Presscraft Papers, Gwen Frostic Prints of Benzonia, a Michigan landmark.

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