SIUE’s $9 million Art & Design Expansion is a welcoming location for all. The new facility opened in spring 2013, offering faculty, staff, students and the community 29,000-square-feet of area to explore. The expansion includes an art gallery, offices, graduate student studio space and classrooms.
Described by SIUE’s College of Arts and Sciences Dean Aldemaro Romero as a “safe, modern and inspirational environment,” the new building provides opportunities for faculty and students, as well as a chance for the public to appreciate artwork created by the internal campus community and artists.
The facility provides flexible gallery space, and better accommodations for painting and drawing disciplines. It houses art education, art history and art therapy classrooms, as well as offices, which previously were located in other buildings across campus.
The expansion is connected by an enclosed bridge to the 34,000-square-foot Art & Design Building, which was constructed in 1991. A $6.9 million renovation to the existing building is now complete and includes the expansion of studios and critique spaces; updates to safety features; the implementation of a new MacIntosh computer lab and more.
SIUE Art & Design students engage in a variety of studio arts including, ceramics/glass, drawing, foundations, graphic design, metalsmithing, painting, photography/digital arts, printmaking, sculpture and textiles, along with art education, art history and art therapy.