Not too long ago the art building at Mount Vernon Nazarene University was located in an undersized multi-purpose 7,000 square foot building next to the physical plant near the back of the campus. Not many Mount Vernon residents or students for that matter even knew MVNU had an art program. That is all changing this fall. The art students and faculty will be moving to the refurbished and redesigned 105 year old historic Stage building in downtown Mount Vernon, Ohio.
The Buchwald Center, formally a variety of department stores, dramatically increases studio, gallery and classroom space to four stories and 32,000 square feet. The new facility features dedicated work space (printmaking, ceramics, design, photography, sculpture, painting, drawing, and more), senior studios, classrooms, library/conference room, faculty offices, student exhibit space and an atrium that opens to all levels.
As part of the redesign MVNU committed to making the building as environmental friendly as possible. The Buchwald Center is Knox County’s first LEED-certified building. The building is located in the heart of downtown Mount Vernon on Main Street. The new location will bring many cultural opportunities to the revitalizing downtown area. A long way from the hidden location of the previous art building.
Photos are from the Buchwald Center open house, September 4th.
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