As an art lover and neuroscience student in the 1990s, Wendy Kwok ’99 was a frequent visitor to the original Craft Center’s Grove Gallery. In the spring quarter of her freshman year, she remembers gazing into a glass paperweight at a sale. She was drawn into this intricate sphere, one of tranquility and wonder. To celebrate her first year of college, she purchased the paperweight for $10—a significant moment for her in a lifetime of appreciating and collecting glass art.
“I remember being mesmerized by the complex yet simple ball of glass that day,” says Kwok. “I have always been drawn to museums and art galleries, where you venture into worlds beyond your own. The Grove Gallery was my sanctuary when I was a student. I would like current students to be able to experience the same sense of wonder and personal tranquility through appreciating art or participating in craft making.”
When Kwok—a True Triton honoree and a trustee of the UC San Diego Foundation Board—learned of plans for a new Craft Center on campus, she recalled what that original space meant to her as a student and made a point to ensure the center would elevate the presence of craft on campus and bring the student experience to the next level as well.
As Craft Center fundraising chair, Kwok launched an endowment to support Craft Center programs and to provide students with a wide range of free and low-cost opportunities to engage in classes, workshops and other events. “I hope this endowment empowers students in all fields of study,” says Kwok. “The Craft Center provides a space for self-expression and wellness of the mind and spirit—a counterbalance to the academic challenges and pressures that students face.”
The Creatively Realizing Art and Fun Together (C.R.A.F.T.) Endowment will match contributions made by other inspired supporters of the Craft Center. To learn more about the C.R.A.F.T. Endowment, visit: tritonmag.com/craftcenter