|Photo by Drawing professor, Doug Russell|
Just to show how drastic the need for this building was I will share some facts with you.
1. The old building was built for a department of around 80 students and the student count is currently above 300.
2. The space has been more than doubled and is much safer.
3. The old building, even with 300 students gone is still inadequate and still unsafe. Here are what some the University of Wyoming student body senators say about the continued renovations for the old Fine Arts building.
4. Not only was the old building insufficient, but the new building is suitable for considerable growth within the department. The program has added metal-smithing and photography to the vast array of opportunities including Printmaking, graphic design, painting, sculpture, art history, drawing and ceramics.
5. Students all over the United States study the University of Wyoming Visual Arts building for the architecture classes and the department is helping with recruiting.
We have had several visiting artists comment on the new building. Brian Dickerson said the new building is the "nicest Fine Arts building he has seen." You can also read what Jason Urban, author of Pinteresting said about the new building on his blog. Doug Russell and sculpture blogs have also discussed joys of the new building.
If you are interested in learning more about the University of Wyoming Art Department be sure to check out their website.
In conclusion, I would like to thank everyone who helped to fund this new building. It truly has been a blessing for my last semester at the University of Wyoming. As I prepare to walk accros the stage and accept my diploma today, I would certainly recommend the University of Wyoming (UDub) to anyone interested in studying art.