Artists find unity in revamped facility
There were different theories of where we were going to be, the arts school and so forth. But when they decided we were going to be at the old Menards building, I liked the idea. I said, ‘We’re going to be all together, meaning painting, drawing, sculpture, metals, and all the areas within the School of Art and Art History.’ I think that was a very, very good decision, because in a disaster, what you want afterward, what you want is to be together—be on the same boat, as a way of saying it.
They had only a month and a half to prepare this building, and they did an amazing job putting all of this together. I think when we moved into Menards—the old Menards, it’s Studio Arts—there was a lot of ‘oh, we are so far away from campus’ and ‘it’s like we are so isolated’ and ‘we don’t have any connection to the rest of the University.’ And then at the same time we’re in this amazing space, we’re all together, and we see what students are doing.
We came up with the idea of making an open house so people from the community could come and see what we were doing. The idea was to highlight students’ work. All the students in the school put up work outside on the walls and inside the classrooms. We ordered food for 400 people; we had close to 2,000 people come to the open house. So in 15 minutes the food was gone. We had to order pizzas—I don’t know how many pizzas we ordered!—from everywhere around here because we had families come, little kids, seniors, colleagues. It was wonderful. It was wonderful to see the support and to see how much people care about what happened to us in the flood, the School of Art and Art History, and how interested they are in the arts. So it was a wonderful moment to see all that.
Here is a link to the slideshow audio file.
Entrance to Studio Arts with sign saying "Welcome to Studio Arts."
Exterior of Studio Arts building with cars in foreground.
Pencil drawings. One of a squirrel in the foreground.
Directional signs pointing to "Photography," "Ceramics," Graphic Design," Sculpture," Printmaking," "Metals".
Man working on pottery wheel.
Photographer taking photo of model.
Young woman using an electric tool to polish metal piece.
Students sitting around a lab table listening to professor.
Students sitting at a lab table working on small metalwork projects.
Workmen consult blueprint in partially divided Studio Arts space.
Carpenters putting up framing in Studio Arts space.
Workmen installing light fixtures in Studio Arts.
Studio Arts space with prefab metal framing sections.
Contractor consulting blueprint.
Carpenter carrying 2x4 in open Studio Arts space.
Sparks fly as workman uses a grinding wheel to hone a metal fitting.
Artist holds decorative metal ladle.
Photographer takes a digital photo of a series of mounted cloud photos.
Two young women chat in small gallery space.
Three young women walk through painting studio, admiring paintings and drawings displayed on easels.
Woman in a protective shield mask hones metal piece.
People looking closely at photographs and other artwork on display in the Studio Arts hallway.
Young woman holding glazed pottery piece.
Photographer works with young woman modeling in beauty pageant garb in the Studio Arts photo studio.
Open house guests look at prints and drawing on display in the hallway.
Three young men demonstrate pottery techniques at Studio Arts open house.
A small collection of art work on display in a gallery space.
Professor talks to a drawing class.
Students working in a drawing class.
Man with glasses sits with hands clasped in a vat of mud.
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