Creating a Masterpiece in Downtown Cape

Creating a Masterpiece in Downtown Cape

The River Campus is expanding by creating a “gateway to the arts” in downtown Cape Girardeau. A new art complex at 340 South Frederick is in the works and will house our ceramics, sculpture, and painting programs. The facility is currently undergoing a renovation and expansion. It’s all part of the University Master Plan and is one of the Holland College of Arts and Media’s strategic initiatives.

Once complete, there will be dedicated spaces for ceramics; sculpture, including woodworking, metals, 3D materials, and mixed media; and painting. There will also be a shared plaster room, a “clean” classroom where 3D printers and a variety of technology will be available for students to view mock-ups and model work, and a student gallery. The new facility will also include an outdoor patio space where students can work on large ceramics and outdoor sculpture pieces.

Chris Wubbena, professor of art and sculpture area head, says, “The new building will also bring sculpture, ceramics, and painting closer with the other art and design disciplines already located on the River Campus, providing greater faculty collaboration and growth.”

While most arts programs are located at the River Campus, sufficient space was not available for these programs when the campus opened. The first phase of the structure could open in fall 2021.


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