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Old Space, New Look for 3-D Art Studios

Sep 25, 2012

The 3-D Art Studios at Western Illinois University received a long overdue overhaul.

The program is housed in the lower level of the Heating Plant Annex. Professor Kat Myers said the space was previously a gymnasium, locker room, and storage room, which were not remodeled much after the program moved into the building.

Now -- after many years -- a full renovation has been completed.  Myers said even the little things make a big difference.

“We've got a bright, shiny hallway that people walk into versus nobody even knew where to go in the other building. It was just kind of one big open space,” Myers said.

Myers said the new studios are cleaner and spacious. The ventilation is better and the equipment is new. She said the renovation makes it much easier to teach and the studios are more safe for students and faculty.

Myers teaches metalsmithing and jewelry design. 3-D art also includes sculpture, ceramics, and wood working.

The university plans to eventually develop a visual arts center in the building. Myers would also like to see improvements made to the WIU Art Gallery.