The Fine Arts building was rededicated after undergoing $15 million in renovations.
On Tuesday, Nov. 12, Indiana State officials, students, alumni and notable members of the community were invited to celebrate the rededication of the Fine Arts Building.
The event featured talent by ISU’s School of Music and art department. The Sycamore Singers performed acapella, and ISU Inferno Saxophone Quartet provided reception music as guests toured the art exhibits.
Artwork by alumni Marquise Gibbs and Zachary Moore, and faculty member Nancy Nichols-Pethick, were on display at this event.
ISU President Deborah Curtis refocuses on the significance of the Fine Art Building. “It matters because this new learning and teaching space is what we need to provide to our amazing students and faculty,” said Curtis.
The Fine Arts building serves thousands of students in programs like music business, music education, art appreciation, printmaking and graphic design.
Construction for the new renovations began in May 2018 and finished fall 2019.
New amenities include new mechanical and electrical systems to improve temperature control, air quality and access to technology. A new glass atrium and entry allows natural light to fill the building. A new elevator was installed, and the original building finishes were restored.
College of Arts and Sciences Dean, Chris Olsen, sees the improved teaching space as the most beneficial.
“They now allow for the best practices in teaching these areas, and it means the learning experiences are so much better in too many ways to list,” said Olsen.
“ISU is blessed with remarkable partners to transform these buildings into a 21st century educational space,” said Curtis.