Thanks to the generosity of two donors, Castleton University’s Fine Arts Center has improvements to its looks and functionality for the start of the fall 2019 semester.
Crews from Middlebury, Vermont-based Breadloaf Corporation and JMZ Architects of Glens Falls, New York, have spent the majority of the summer renovating the arts venue. The project is expected to be completed in October.
The Christine Price Gallery, located in the lobby of the Fine Arts Center, showcases local and regional artists throughout the year. Crews installed new, modern-looking ceiling tiles in a variety of shades of grey, and new lighting, which will help better illuminate artwork hanging on the gallery’s walls. It also received a new coat of paint. There are future plans to replace the gallery’s carpeting.
Upgrades to the Christine Price Gallery were funded by alumni John and Susan Casella, class of 1972 and 1975. Castleton University’s theater is named for the Casellas in recognition of their generosity and support.
The renovations also include a new graphic design lab funded by capital project funds. Demolition for this phase of the project was completed by Professors Oliver Schemm and William DeForest. The update includes new windows and ceiling, updated electrical wiring, and new flooring.
On the other side of the Fine Arts Center, Castleton has created a sound studio and a performance classroom thanks to the generosity of longtime friend of the University Lionel Kinney. The performance classroom includes two sets of risers, an expansive storage area for musical equipment, new paint, windows, ceiling, and new lights and flooring.
“We are so grateful for Sue and John Casella, and Lionel Kinney” said Castleton President Dr. Karen M. Scolforo. “Because of their generosity, we were able to upgrade some of the most well-loved areas of our Fine Arts Center, and expand other areas to better serve the needs of our students.”