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  • Sara Doan, Northeast Arkansas News

Construction in the final stages on new Arkansas State arts center

JONESBORO, Ark- Last year, we showed you the groundbreaking of a new Center for Three-Dimensional Arts at Arkansas State University.

Now, in an exclusive look, we go inside the building.

The new multi-million-dollar Center for Three-Dimensional Arts at A-State is almost complete.

The state-of-the-art building will house the Arts + Design Department and allow them much-needed space to grow.

“We’re very excited. We’ve been looking forward to this for almost two years. It’s almost 22,000 square feet of additional space for teaching for us,” says Temma Balducci, Art + Design department chair.

Principal funding for the project was provided by the Windgate Foundation with construction starting in September 2020.

Students will be able to expand their art horizons, as previously, the department's soon-to-be-former building only offered separate spaces for ceramics and sculpting.

Now, they will have dedicated spaces for woodworking, a metal shop, and more.

“We have spaces for students to have studios,” she said. “We have about 800 square feet for that. We’ll have a second gallery space in addition to the one in the Fine Arts Center. Classroom space is greatly expanded and then also a foundry. And that allows us to do casting, which we haven’t been able to do for a really long time.”

The Center for Three-Dimensional Arts will serve as a recruiting tool when prospective students look at Arkansas State for college.

It is also boosted by it’s proximity to on-campus housing and the location near the existing Fine Arts Center, where the department has been housed, since the 1970s.

“So, it will really help us in recruiting. You know we’ll be really able to really make a footprint in this area of the state. And then also we’re really excited about the opportunities for community engagement, bringing in people for classes on the weekend and things like that,” Balducci said.

Construction on the Center for Three-Dimensional Arts will be complete late this summer with classes starting inside the building this fall.


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