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COLUMBUS — Columbus State University will hold a ribbon-cutting Thursday and officially open its newest addition to downtown Columbus: the Seaboard Depot Art Studios.
At the corner of Front Avenue and Tenth Street, this newly renovated historic building will house 18 individual art studios for CSU Department of Art undergraduate students, six faculty studios, a visiting artist studio and a gallery for new media projects, common area, instructional studio, seminar room and display areas.
A ribbon cutting for the studios will be held Thursday, April 3 at 6 p.m. A reception and building tours will follow until 7:30 p.m. The public is invited.
With brightly painted colored walls, lots of window for natural light, historic wood and brick construction, the Seaboard Depot Art Studios are a magnificent addition to the university’s RiverPark campus, said College of Arts Dean Richard Baxter, noting that the studios are another example of the university repurposing facilities downtown to be both functional and beautiful.
“These new studios will allow our art students to have their own dedicated spaces to spur their creativity and help with their assignments,” Baxter said. “I think the Seaboard Depot Art Studios are a much-needed complement to the learning spaces and Illges Gallery in CSU’s Corn Center for the Visual Arts.”
The Seaboard Depot building has been owned by CSU Foundation Properties Inc., for several years. When several tenants moved out, the Department of Art proposed repurposing the building to help serve the needs of a growing art student population. Private funding was secured — the Mildred Miller Fort Foundation was a major contributor — and work was able to begin last year to renovate the building.
“The Seaboard Depot has always been a beautiful building,” said Columbus State President Tim Mescon. “The renovations inside are just stunning, and continue our tradition downtown of partnering with our supporters to create facilities that really are among the finest you will find in this country.”
Joe Sanders, chair of the university’s Department of Art, said “These unique spaces, now called the Seaboard Depot Art Studios, create immediate synergy between our most advanced students, faculty, resident artists, and the public, while providing enhanced opportunities for program growth, productivity, and community interaction. Nationally competitive art programs have great faculty, great facilities, great programs and studios that students can call their own and this facility will become a major recruiting tool to attract the best and brightest students.”