Sending Fine Arts Birthday Wishes & Heartfelt Gratitude to Patton College of Education alumna Violet Patton who is celebrating her 103rd birthday today!
Violet Patton, BSED ’38, who celebrates her 103rd birthday today, Aug. 30, has committed an estate of least $64 million to the Colleges of Fine Arts and Education. At least $32 million of this historic gift will be used to build a new Violet Patton Arts and Education Center, with an eye to addressing the longstanding capital needs of the College of Fine Arts. The new Center, located on the future Arts and Education Green, will foster continued collaboration between the College’s Schools of Dance, Film, Theater, Music, Art + Design, and Interdisciplinary Arts, the Patton College of Education, and the university as a whole, as the College of Fine Arts continues to show its commitment that an OHIO education can be both in the arts and through the arts.
Of the remaining funds, $27 million will support The Patton College of Education’s facilities. In addition, $5 million will be used to support the ongoing maintenance of both of these facilities.
While Dr. Patton followed in her parents’ footsteps with an interest in education, she also had a passion for art. Even before her OHIO graduation, she was pursuing these loves. In 1936 she illustrated a series of spelling books and in 1937 illustrated arithmetic textbooks. In her time as a teacher, she worked to revitalize and enhance education, specifically with arts education. She later shared that training with future educators as an assistant professor at Miami University of Ohio. After attending Columbia, Dr. Patton taught costuming and interior decorating at Rutgers.
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