Art Lofts: From Warehouse to Arthouse
Formerly a university warehouse, the Art Lofts houses the Art Department’s glass lab, metal sculpture foundry, ceramics, graduate darkroom and digital facilities, and papermaking areas, studio spaces for more than 60 faculty and graduate students, and public spaces for the display of student and faculty artwork.
Hundreds of students, faculty, staff, alumni, guests and members of the public attended the Art Department and School of Education's celebration of the opening of the Art Lofts facility during the week of May 5-9, 2009.
Guest artists included distinguished Art alumni Marvin Lipofsky and David Dahlquist, a recipient of a 2009 School of Education Distinguished Alumni Award.
Alumnus Dale Chihuly (by video) and the family of emeritus faculty member Harvey Littleton, reflected on "The Early Days of Ceramics and Glass on the UW Campus."
Provost Julie Underwood, Interim Dean Adam Gamoran, Chancellor Biddy Martin and Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton gave remarks on the importance of the new facility and of the arts on campus. Professor Carol Pylant then cut a ceremonial ribbon created by several students under the direction of Assistant Professor Fred Stonehouse.
View the Art Lofts Floor Plan.
Did you have a studio in the building? Please visit the MFA Studios History site and submit a memory.