Sustainability at SIUE
Whether through Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifiable construction projects in its buildings or the campus bike share and recycling programs initiated by the Sustainability Advisory Group, SIUE encourages environmental preservation and stewardship, while promoting scholarship.
SIUE’s $16 million Art & Design Renovation and Expansion is a welcoming location for all. The $9 million expansion 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.
“The renovated and expanded Art and Design Building has opened gathering spaces and increased useable critique spaces, natural light and air quality,” said Barbara Nwacha, associate professor and chair of the SIUE Department of Art and Design. “All these elements help students and faculty better manage their research and art-making processes.”
Described during its ribbon cutting ceremony 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.
A featured attraction of the ribbon-cutting was the artwork of the late Cuban artist Emilio Sanches, and alumnus Bolivian native Gonz Jove. Jove is an internationally recognized artist who graduated from SIUE in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in art with a focus in sculpture. He spoke enthusiastically to the crowd of more than 200 about his SIUE experience.
“Once I came to the University and got exposed to the school, art and history, it was the start of a love affair that continues today,” Jove said.
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 that previously were in other buildings across campus.
The expansion is connected by an enclosed bridge to the 34,000-square-foot Art & Design Building, built in 1991. A $6.9 million renovation to the existing building is 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 and 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.