- Associated Press - Friday, March 27, 2015

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Vermont’s Bennington College is getting a $5 million donation to support all aspects of the school’s visual arts program.

The gift from the New York-based Helen Frankenthaler Foundation will establish the Helen Frankenthaler Fund for the Visual Arts.

Frankenthaler was a 1949 Bennington graduate. The college says she went on to become one of America’s most celebrated abstract painters. She’s described as one of the “foremost colorists of our time,” who produced a body of work whose impact on contemporary art has been profound.

In a ceremony on April 12, the college will name the visual arts wing of its 120,000 square-foot arts facility the Helen Frankenthaler Visual Arts Center.

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