Huntington University dedicates Studio Art Center

Huntington, Ind.-The Huntington University art students now have a place to call their own as the Studio Art Center was formally dedicated during a special ceremony today, April 22.

This is the first project completed under the TOGETHER Campaign for Huntington University.

"This is an important moment in the history of our university, and a pivotal moment in our present capital campaign," Huntington University President G. Blair Dowden said. "This first phase of the campaign was designed to realize the dreams of students and faculty for additional creative space for the visual arts and art education, and the available instructional space has grown substantially thanks to the seeds of investment planted by our donors."

The Studio Art Center is comprised of two facilities for 2D and 3D art. A new 3,000-square-foot building was completed this spring adjacent to the existing annex which is used for ceramics, sculpture and 3D design. It also houses the woodshop. The new building features overhead directional lighting and a large studio space for drawing, figure drawing and painting. There is also a photography light studio.

"We are centrally locating our students which will create a greater sense of community within the art department and foster a more creative environment," said Ken Hopper, chair of the art department and associate professor of art.

The new building was fully funded through gifts to the university.