After a long, dusty and noisy summer, Hopkins Hall is coming back to life. Students and faculty began moving into the facility in September and courses are being offered in new studios. While work is ongoing, and a completion date of August 2012 for the entire project, there is great excitement as more of the building is completed and released for teaching and research.
To say that this summer in Hopkins Hall was hectic would be an understatement. As you can see in the photographs below, Hopkins Hall is being transformed in what is by far the most ambitious construction project the Department of Art has undertaken since this facility was first built. With new windows, reconfigured spaces, and upgraded ventilation, these new spaces will provide the students and faculty an environment conducive to creative exploration and inquiry.
The new Hopkins Hall presents the Department of Art with a unique opportunity to rethink our studio infrastructure and reinvent our course offering and curriculum. We have built new photo darkrooms, lighting studio and an new digital photography lab. Printmaking will have new studios for lithography, etching, relief and silk screen and access to digital studios. The Art and Technology program will include new computer labs, video production and robotics workshop. Students will have access to an expanded woodworking and projects shop with expanded technological capabilities. The lobby of Hopkins Hall will include open space for student critiques and the classrooms will be upgraded for electronic learning.
These upgrades will result in the Department of Art having a new home base, one that will house studios for the 40+ gradate students and most of the faculty, new workshops and study spaces. The Department of Art will be upgrading our the equipment and tools available to our students as we move into our new home.
We are seeking the help our of generous alumni and friends to make our studios the best possible environment for creative explorations. Please visit giveto.osu.edu and make a donation to the Hopkins Hall Equipment Fund - #313612 to support this effort.