New light shines on CMC art |

New light shines on CMC art

College hosts open house for new art classrooms

Autumn Phillips

This year, student artwork at Colorado Mountain College will be intangibly different.

The colors will shift imperceptibly, thanks to the gift of natural light pouring in through a wall of south-facing windows into the new art classrooms in Monson Hall.

On Dec. 9, CMC hosted an open house for its new art facilities, which have been in use since the beginning of the fall semester.

Until this year, art teachers kept supplies in the trunks of their cars, and art students lugged across campus portfolios and toolboxes full of art supplies. All art classes were held in one Bristol Hall classroom. Seven teachers shared the facilities, and there was no room for storage.

Only one class could be held at a time, which limited the number of evening classes that could be offered at the school. With the new art facilities, CMC was able to double its number of class offerings.

Monson Hall used to be a residence hall and for years has been used mostly for storage. The empty dorm rooms were almost useless as classrooms because of their small size. But when the college tore down a few walls to build a large ski-tuning lab, it opened up new possibilities for the rest of the building.

Last summer, the college tore down the walls that divided six dorm rooms, installed large windows and began creating a comfortable and permanent art facility.

Administrators consulted the art instructors for suggestions, which led to the addition of features such as vertical files for student art storage between classes and working industrial size sinks and separate storage rooms for instructors.

The school also has ordered a large printing press for monotype classes, said Caroline Peters, director of liberal arts for CMC. Until recently, the school rented space and use of a press from Steamboat artist Pat Walsh. The new press should be in place by summer.

The two art rooms are augmented by gallery space for student work that is open to the public on the second floor of Monson Hall.

— To reach Autumn Phillips call 871-4210

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