It has been more than a year since the building project was completed, and anyone who is at school regularly would agree that the spaces feel like home to us now. But the final piece of the puzzle won't actually be in place until the long weekend of February 6-8 when we move our photography and print graphics programs into re-designed space in the Kuehner Fine Arts Building.
When the new Haertter Hall opened, it allowed us to move the band and orchestra programs out of the fine arts building, and the large space on the main floor was left vacant. In February, the photography program will move out of the basement of the science building and into a state-of-the-art lab. For more than two decades, Andy Newman and Howard Jones have taught many of their photography classes in the hallway. This move accomplishes our goal of bringing all the visual art disciplines together in one building.
In the new space, students will be able to develop film, print images and critique one another's work all in one room. Photo I and Photo II students will be able to work simultaneously. There will be both a digital lab and a dark room — or a "dry lab" and a "wet lab." I believe that for the last quarter of a century, we've had photography instruction that is as good as students can get at any high school in the country, and soon we will have a facility that is as strong as the teachers and curriculum!
In addition to the photography space, we will also finally have a good home for print graphics, which has been located in the lower level of the fine arts building. The new printmaking studio will look out into the canopy of trees toward Price Road with beautiful natural light and will have a close connection to the painting and drawing studios around the corner. At the same time, that move will allow the sculpture and ceramics teachers and students to spread out and have even more space for the work they do.
In a typical year, about 80 percent of the Burroughs students will take a visual arts course — in painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking or photography. Their work appears throughout the campus in the hallways, in the galleries and in the public spaces. It is why we love to say that at Burroughs, the arts are not on the decorative fringes of the curriculum, they are at the core of it. I hope you will stop by next month to see the new space.
Across the campus in Haertter Hall, students and teachers continue to produce some outstanding programs in their new space. I hope you will join us this weekend for the Dance Show (8 pm, Friday, January 23 and 24). Next Thursday (January 29) students in the practical arts will have their work on display at the Practical Arts Festival (3:30 to 5:30 pm in Haertter Hall). Then, at the end of February, we can look forward to the musical, “Little Shop of Horrors.”
— Andy Abbott