SC Students Return to Changes

Fine and performing arts students started a new semester in new quarters at Sheridan College.

The art wing on the north end of the Whitney Building is undergoing renovations that began as soon as classes dismissed for the Christmas break. Art classes have been moved into the basement of the Griffith Memorial Building. Performing arts classes are in the Stevens Building.

Quarters are close, but the new and expanded art wing is worth the temporary inconvenience, according to art instructor Jason Lanka. He said he and his fellow instructors Tawni Shuler and Rod Dugall will be able to do more in the new facilities.

The new art wing is scheduled for completion in fall 2016, and Shuler, who teaches painting and drawing, said she's looking forward to moving into the new facilities. But in the meantime, she sees some opportunities during the three semesters in the quarters.

More than 12,300 square feet of the existing art wing will be remodeled, and more than 42,600 square feet of new construction will be added to create the new Whitney Center for the Arts. Whitney Benefits has dedicated $16 million to create the new facility.

Changes include remodeling the Whitney Presentation Hall, formerly known as the CTEL, into a recital hall. Dick Anderson Construction is overseeing the project, working with CTA Architects.

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