July 27, 2017

University of Oregon Announces Expansion Plans for Art and Design Facilities

EUGENE, OREGON—The University Oregon has announced plans to expand its College of Design’s facilities for the School of Art + Design with the purchase of a former stationer’s building in downtown Eugene. Once complete, the new building will allow the College of Design to organize all its art disciplines under one roof. Space will also be given two dozen studios and a ground-floor exhibition space. Renovation is expected to be complete by summer 2018.

University provost and senior vice president Jayanth Banaver said, “We are seizing this opportunity and making an important investment that demonstrates our commitment to the arts and humanities at UO. Bringing these incredible talented art and design faculty members together will create an energy that will be palpable, and I believe the new facility, which will include an art gallery, will be a wonderful asset for the entire community.”

Dylan Darling reports for The Register Guard that the expansion project will cost a total of $5 million, including $1.8 million to purchase the property and $3.2 million to renovate. Funding for the expansion will come from the $500 million donation from Nike founder Phil Knight for the University of Oregon’s Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact, adjacent to the College of Design’s new facilities.

In a statement from the university, College of Design dean Christoph Lindner said, “As we explored options, we began to realize that with an investment from the university and the college, and a pooling of dollars that were being used to pay for studio and office space across the city, we could create the kind of artistic space that will be a huge benefit to the work from our faculty members. To say they are excited would be an understatement.”

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