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CSUB Breaks Ground on New Art Complex

Art Center RenderingGood things are happening all the time at CSU Bakersfield. In addition to a new Engineering Labs ribbon cutting earlier this month, CSU Bakersfield today announced the groundbreaking of a new Art Center that will take place on Saturday, April 27th at 10am. The CSUB Art Center is to be located on the northwest corner of campus, adjacent to and slightly behind the Frances Doré Theater.

To continue the celebration of arts on campus, immediately following the groundbreaking ceremony, an opening reception of the “Road Show”, a new group art show of work by CSUB faculty and staff on display at the Todd Madigan Gallery until May 11th, beginning at 10:30am.  The community is invited to walk through the gallery and appreciate the installation while enjoying light refreshments. Celebrate CSUB! will also be happening on campus that day, and visitors are encouraged to visit the activities occurring centrally near the Student Union until 1pm.

This groundbreaking signals the start of construction on a $19 million dollar building that will house classroom and studio space for drawing, sculpture, digital arts, outdoor kilns and a ceramics room all built with up-to-date health and safety equipment to accommodate the specialized work done in those spaces. The existing art facilities will be retained for media such as painting, wet photography, printmaking, and art appreciation classes. 

When asked what this means for the university and for Arts and Humanities students, Richard Collins, Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, said, “The CSUB Fine Art Center is long overdue. This simply gives the Art Department what it has always deserved: adequate studio facilities for the work they do in training the next generation of artists.”

The 9,000 square foot CSUB Art Center will provide better accommodations for art students. Dean Richard Collins states, “Now they will have facilities built to each purpose, with dedicated studios for ceramics, sculpture, digital arts, and painting and drawing.”

Collins continued, “The program has grown in artistic stature and national visibility through the excellence of their faculty and the excellence of their graduates—like Jeff Colson who recently won a Guggenheim award, arguably the most prestigious arts grant in the American art scene.”

The first phase of the new CSUB Art Center is expected to be ready for student use beginning Fall 2014. 

“We are very excited about this,” said Joyce Kohl, Chair of the Art Department. “It means existing students will have access to amazing facilities, and we will be able to attract even more art students to CSUB. This is a situation where everyone wins.”

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