New Art Studio Opens at Susquehanna

President L. Jay Lemons with the Carey family for the ribbon-cutting ceremony

The 2012–13 academic year marks the opening of a new art studio wing, named for Gus and Jenny Rose Carey P’13 and their daughter, Janet, a senior studio art major. The new studio space and enhanced student workspaces were praised during a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony in the Art Studio Building last fall.

Valerie Martin, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and associate provost, who hosted the event, called it a day “to celebrate art and honor the Careys for their shared vision and partnership in making this additional space a reality for the art department students and Susquehanna.”

The north wing of the building, designed for teaching advanced drawing and painting, was added in 2008, thanks to support from the Degenstein Foundation. The newly opened south wing, made possible by the Careys’ generosity, provides students with additional classroom and studio space, complete with moveable walls for creating and displaying student work. Foundations, painting, drawing and printmaking are taught in the building.

“The art major was first established back in 1988,” explains Martin, “and since then, art has grown into a dynamic department offering a range of major and minor programs that blend theory and practice.”

As a senior, Janet Carey is experiencing firsthand the impact of her parents’ gift. “The creation of this new piece of our growing art program is extremely exciting not only for the school as an institution, but for the school as a continual family of students,” Janet says. “Even when we are no longer here, this new addition will remain and house many talented young minds, allowing them to grow and learn as the progressive future of the art world.”

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