CSU Bakersfield breaking ground on $19 million Art Center

Facility will provide better accommodations

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - CSU Bakersfield is breaking ground of a new Art Center that will be located on the northwest corner of campus, adjacent to and slightly behind the Frances Dore Theater.

The groundbreaking signals the start of construction on a $19 million dollar building that will house classroom and studio space for drawing, sculpture, digital arts, outdoor kilns and a ceramics room all built with up-to-date health and safety equipment to accommodate the specialized work done in those spaces.  The existing art facilities will be retained for media such as painting, wet photography, printmaking and art appreciation classes.

The 9,000 square foot CSUB Art Center will provide better accommodations for art students.  "Now they will have facilities built to each purpose, with dedicated studios for ceramics, sculpture, digital arts and painting and drawing," said Dean Richard Collins.

The first phase of the new CSUB Art Center is expected to be ready for students use beginning Fall 2014.

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