Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing to Move into 3-D Art Annex
Written by Mark Coffman
The School of Art is pleased to announce that the Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing Area will be relocating to the new 3-D Art Annex. Residency in the new location on Main St. will initiate in the fall semester of 2007. The building is a renovated food storage and preparation warehouse that will eventually house all three 3-D areas, Jewelry, Ceramics, and Sculpture. The 3-D Art Annex offers 33,000 square feet, over 6,000 of which will be allotted for Jewelry. “The size and quality of the facilities will allow us to compete on a national level for graduate and undergraduate students. The students will have access to one of the finest equipped facilities in the southwest,” said Robly Glover, Professor of Jewelry.
The purpose of this building is to bring School of Art health standards into compliance for the arts. Health and safety features will be state of the art. “The new building will have much safer and better air quality than the current studios,” said Robert Terrell, Health and Safety Coordinator of the School of Art.
The Jewelry Area includes graduate studios, advanced, and beginning labs. Each graduate and undergraduate art major will have an individual workspace. Graduate and undergraduate labs will have Internet access. A soldering/annealing room will feature fifteen permanent soldering stations and one soldering in-the-round station for class demonstrations. Each soldering station will have acetylene, propane, natural gas, and oxygen available for a wide variety of torch options. An outdoors hammering and raising yard includes a covered workspace equipped with anvils, power outlets, lighting, and security fencing. There will also be student lockers for secure storage of materials.
Having another building will also allow for The School of Art to increase enrollment while maintaining academic standards of excellence. This is congruent with the Texas Tech University mission for developing a larger student body. “The size and quality of the new facilities potentially enables a recruiting windfall. The 3-D Art Annex will also allow the 2-D Areas to expand and develop in the spaces that will become available when 3-D moves,” says Ryan Scheckel, Academic Advisor of the School of Art.
Generous contributions from the Helen Jones Foundation and The CH Foundation have facilitated the initial phases of construction on the project. However, The School of Art is still seeking an additional $3.8 Million to complete the renovation to allow Ceramics and Sculpture to move in. Naming opportunities are still available. If you would like additional information about making a donation to this project, please contact Director, Todd DeVriese .