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April 13, 2006

Trinity University to Dedicate Renovated Art and Music Buildings

SAN ANTONIO – The Jim and Janet Dicke Art Building, the Campbell and Eloise Smith Music Building, and the Ruth Taylor Recital Hall, all recently renovated at Trinity University, will be dedicated during a ceremony beginning at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 11. After the dedication, Trinity’s music department will hold a short concert in the recital hall to celebrate the occasion.  Informal tours of the buildings will also be available and an exhibition of student art will be on display.


The renovation project began in the spring of 2004 when the original structures were dismantled down to their foundations. Reconstruction and a reconfiguration of the facilities began in the fall of that year.  The completed project has added an additional 20,000 square feet of space to the art and music buildings.


The Dicke Art Building contains several significant changes.  “For the first time we will have an art gallery that will show student and faculty work in a professional venue,” said Mark Garrison, professor and chair of the art and art history department. “The gallery will be in a big atrium, which will bring light into the center of the building.”


In addition, a series of skylights have been installed on the roof to allow natural lighting into studios for painting and drawing. A new traditional/digital photography studio has also been added as well as a studio for printmaking.


“I’m happy with the aesthetics of the building,” said Professor Garrison. “It’s a new kind of space for Trinity.”


“In the music building most changes are based on acoustics. Much has been done to soundproof the rooms,” said Ken Greene, professor and chair of the music department. “Doors have been designed to seal off sound from spilling into neighboring rooms. But the rooms have been designed to allow music to go into the hallway – so it doesn’t sound like a morgue.”


Other changes in the music building include office space for the entire music faculty to be housed together; previously, faculty members’ offices were scattered across the campus. Additional practice studios have been built for students and faculty, an electronic music studio with new and updated equipment has been added, as well as a lounge where students and faculty can meet.


Another major refinement is the deepening of the Ruth Taylor Recital Hall stage to allow a choir and full orchestra to perform together.


The Dicke Art Building, the Smith Music Building, and the Ruth Taylor Recital Hall are components of the Ruth Taylor Fine Arts Center at Trinity. The Fine Arts Center also includes the Ruth Taylor Theater Building, which houses the Stieren Theater and the Attic Theater. 


The renovation was designed by Kell Muñoz Architects of San Antonio.  Bartlett-Cocke Construction of San Antonio handled the rebuilding.


For more information on the dedication of the Dicke Art Building, the Smith Music Building and the Ruth Taylor Recital Hall, contact Trinity’s office of public relations at (210) 999-8406.



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