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The museum will feature a second-floor classroom over the College Hill Road entrance (at left in photo).
The museum will feature a second-floor classroom over the College Hill Road entrance (at left in photo).

A Work in Progress

By Holly Foster
Posted March 23, 2012
Tags Art Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art

The Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art is taking shape and on schedule for opening in fall 2012.


A $10 million lead gift from Wendy and Keith Wellin ’50 enabled construction to begin for a three-building arts complex on the corner of Griffin and College Hill Roads.


Steve Bellona, associate vice president for facilities & planning, provided an update on the museum’s progress.  He said the roof and exterior wall air-water vapor system are being installed now and work on electrical and mechanical system rough-ins, including duct-work, are continuing.

 

“We anticipate that the exterior block installation on the west side of the building will begin in early April,” said Bellona, “and the terra-cotta on the center archive hall exterior commencing in early May.  Completion is scheduled for early August with opening at the October Fallcoming.”


The 30,000-square-foot museum and teaching facility is one of a number of new arts facilities that will be constructed on the west side of campus as part of Hamilton’s $117 million Bicentennial Initiatives campaign. In addition to the museum, the arts center will feature a theatre complex and a studio arts building. 


The building is named in honor of Wellin’s parents, and is hoped to function as a “creative ‘teaching laboratory’ where students ask questions, make connections to disciplines beyond the arts and develop visual literacy skills.”


The first floor of the museum will feature a large exhibition space and an archive hall, which will provide access for students and faculty to a major portion of the Hamilton collection. The second floor will hold several offices, a student lounge overlooking the sculpture courtyard on the north terrace, and a 48-seat classroom tailored to the needs of courses in film study.

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