Colby-Sawyer College Plans $7 Million Arts Building

Nov 17, 2015, 11:37 ET from Colby-Sawyer College

NEW LONDON, N.H., Nov. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Colby-Sawyer College's Board of Trustees has approved plans to construct a new arts building sited on the south-east end of campus near the Curtis L. Ivey Science Center. The 15,000 square foot space will be home to studios, a state-of-the-art black box theater and a fine art galleria with views of Mt. Kearsarge, as well as offices for faculty, storage space and outdoor art areas. The timeline for the $7 million project will include planning, final design and permitting through July 2016, with construction beginning in August 2016.

Sustained fundraising efforts mean the college will be able to complete the project without incurring any new debt, and an endowment created through an alumna's gift will support the building's operation. The building will be designed by the S/L/A/M Collaborative of Glastonbury, Conn., which designed the Windy Hill School and Ware Student Center expansion projects completed in 2010 and 2013, respectively.

"One of the most important factors when high school students choose a college is the space in which their major is housed," states Colby-Sawyer President Thomas C. Galligan Jr. "Colby-Sawyer has a curriculum grounded in the liberal arts, and this new building will impact every one of our students while also providing a beautiful, functional home for our arts majors. Beyond that, the building will enhance the college's already substantial role as a hub for performances and exhibitions in the region."

"The new arts building will be a tangible example of the college's continuing enhancement of its facilities to meet the academic needs of its students," says Tom Csatari, chair of the Board of Trustees, "and the funds raised for the project reflect the commitment of loyal alumni and friends of the college to provide the very best experience for our students."  

About the Arts at Colby-Sawyer
Colby-Sawyer offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in studio art and graphic design.  One hundred percent of graphic design majors and 67 percent of studio arts majors in the Class of 2014 reported being employed six months after graduation; graduate schools for the same group include the prestigious Cranbrook Academy of Art. The arts faculty includes Fulbright Scholars and recipients of grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the N.H. State Council on the Arts and the New England Foundation of the Arts.

About Colby-Sawyer College
Colby-Sawyer College is a comprehensive college that integrates the liberal arts and sciences with professional preparation. The college's faculty, staff and students strive for excellence in an engaged teaching and learning community that fosters students' academic, intellectual and personal growth. With a strong emphasis on learning outcomes, including breadth and depth of knowledge, self-growth, creative and critical thinking, and effective communication, Colby-Sawyer prepares students to thrive post-graduation and make a positive impact upon a dynamic, diverse and interdependent world.

Founded in 1837, Colby-Sawyer is located in the scenic Lake Sunapee Region of central New Hampshire. Learn more about the college's vibrant teaching and learning community at

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