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Fine Arts & Design Studios (FADS)

Fueling a desire to create, FADS will include hallway gallery spaces, a covered outdoor courtyard, a high-bay studio and multistory classrooms.

Fine Arts & Design Studio North Entrance

Just steps away from the Carlsen Center and bordered by Wylie Hospitality and Culinary Academy and Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, the Fine Arts & Design Studios will exude synergy, fostering and inspiring the imagination of students.

"In the fine arts are these silos of specialties, but the trend is to break through those silos. Painters are embracing more materials, and sculptors are working with ceramics and drawing. We want that sort of cross-pollination, not only with our students but with our professors. But we need a place to do that," said Fine Arts Professor Mark Cowardin.

"We want to capture the best students, and we need excellent facilities to attract them. This new building gives us the chance to grow enrollment, but we'd also like it to be a boon for quality. We are encouraging a creativity zone where we can build on our reputation and present to our students the opportunity for innovation."

Expect to find students like Valerie Hird working in the new building in 2019.

"My high school counselor told me I needed to do art as a hobby, not a career. So I enrolled in a nursing program and thought I could do my art on the side. But I was too physically and emotionally exhausted at the end of the day," said Hird, now a JCCC Graphic Design student. "Then I found graphic design. I know a degree from JCCC will prepare me, and I'll have something the market will value.

"Life just isn’t the same when you’re not making something."