SKC Constructs New Building for Art Education

May 15th, 2000 | By | Category: 11-4: All Our Children Are Special, Tribal College News

Art will have a new home at Salish Kootenai College this fall. After years of planning by many cooperating groups, the art facility will open its doors with more than 9,000 square feet of interior space and over 2,000 square feet of exterior space. Funding for the project was received from the Salish Kootenai College Foundation, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation, Plumb Creek, Salish Kootenai College, and the U. S. Department of Agriculture. SKC students and faculty in the building trades and construction worker program completed all major construction with some assistance from the local Kicking Horse Jobs Corps.

Throughout the building, natural wood trusses have been used with high ceilings to create an airy and bright workspace, according to SKC Art Department Director Corwin Clairmont. The halls are extra wide so that they can be used as year round galleries to display student work. Students will be asked to offer their ideas on final interior design features.

The new art building will have an area for three-dimensional work including wood and metal sculpture, jewelry construction, silversmithing, and sand blasting. A special section has been set-aside with a kiln for ceramics, and another area will house the printmaking operations. The sewing room has enough space for classes such as dance outfit design, star quilt making, and even tipi construction.

The large, partially covered exterior segment will allow students to work on special seasonal arts and larger sculpture pieces. The Native American Studies program will also have space for Salish and Kootenai language classes within the new building.

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