Students, Faculty Enjoying New Art Center

Rod Dugal at the entrance to the new art gallery at Sheridan College. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Rod Dugal at the entrance to the new art gallery at Sheridan College. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Rod Dugal says the new Whitney Arts Center at Sheridan College is amazing..

Dugal, who's the chair of art, music and theater at the college, said the new facility is really well-equipped in terms of machinery and tools, with a fully functioning woodshop, a foundry and furnace for pouring iron, bronze and aluminum. On the second floor of the center, there's a printmaking shop and separate drawing and painting rooms..

He said there was some work in the new facility for about the first week after classes started for the fall, but that work is now finished. The $20 million, which included $16 million from Whitney Benefits, remodeled 12,000 square feet of existing space and added 48,000 square feet of new space. Dugal said the remaining $4 million came from fund-raising by the Sheridan College Foundation.

He said the college's students are loving the new space..

Dugal said there are 150 to 160 students in music classes this year, and 140 to 150 in art. He said that the additional space also creates the possibility that the college may be able to once again offer continuing education classes.

View more photos below.

Freshman Courtney King works on a coil pot. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Freshman Courtney King works on a coil pot. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Dugal shows the new, larger kilns in the expanded art center. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Dugal shows the new, larger kilns in the expanded art center. (Photo by Pat Blair)
More of the ceramics classroom. (Photo by Pat Blair)
More of the ceramics classroom. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Door to the loading dock which is part of the new addition. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Door to the loading dock which is part of the new addition. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Art gallery interior. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Art gallery interior. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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