New Art & Design Building Dedicated


(Bradenton, Fla., Sept. 28, 2007) - A new $5.5 million, two-story Manatee Community College (MCC) Art and Design Building at the Bradenton campus was showcased in a grand opening ceremony, Tuesday, Sept. 25.

MCC President Dr. Sarah H. Pappas and the Foundation for MCC Executive Director Peg Lowery welcomed 200 guests, including community leaders and benefactors that helped fund the building. Benefactors, trustees and foundation officials were recognized at the event that featured a reception, dedication, ribbon-cutting and tours of the 25,793 square-foot building.

The building houses faculty and support-staff offices; film classroom; lecture room; sculpture studio; and ceramic labs on the first floor. On the second level are a drawing/design lab; drawing/painting lab; graphic design labs with state-of-the-art computer and audiovisual equipment; a photography suite with classroom, computer lab, darkrooms and photo-shooting studio; and a finishing room for matting, framing and dry-mounting. A covered pavilion houses kilns, clay mixers, clay storage area, ceramic glazing materials and welding equipment.

Benefactors who were recognized for their contributions include MCC honors student Catherine Chung; real estate marketing executive Michael Saunders; Dan Bailey, representing the William G. Selby and Marie Selby Foundation; and MCC's longest-tenured professor, Priscilla "Pam"  Stewart.

Architect and construction firms for the project were Ranon & Partners Inc., Tampa, and Willis A. Smith Construction Inc., Sarasota.

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