April 5, 2024

It Takes an Artist to Appreciate the Value of an Endowed Art Professorship

“In art, there are an infinite number of answers to any one question,” explains Everett Anton “Tony” Singer (BA Art ‘70), whose DU classes encompassed interior design, sculpture, painting, and more in preparation for what turned out to be a dynamic and highly successful career.

Today, Tony Singer is giving back through a legacy gift establishing the Everett Anton Singer Endowed Professorship in Art in DU’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

“An endowed professorship provides the funding to attract extraordinarily talented faculty to DU,” says Singer. “In addition to becoming a magnet that draws students to DU, this artist-educator will have a monumental impact as they influence the next generation of painters.”

Tony Singer’s career took off when, after graduating from DU and attending graduate school, he channeled his creative passions toward the family’s printing business. Together with his half-brother, Singer transformed a mom-and-pop social printing business into one of the top three color printers in the New York metropolitan area, winning more awards on a dollar volume basis than any of their competitors. The key to Singer’s success was the artistic sensibility to envision an elevated product for his customers and the skills to help them achieve it – in part thanks to his DU education.

“Tony’s visionary leadership in establishing this professorship will bring highly gifted artists to DU to teach our students, creating a tremendous impact for the University for many years to come,” says Val Otten, senior vice chancellor. “We celebrate the difference that his gift will make for this program – ensuring a lasting presence of talented painters whose teaching will inspire generations of DU students.”