The PCA&D community and friends of the college came together on the morning of September 9 to hear from students who will use the Design Center at PCA&D, an all-new, state-of-the-art collaborative space. A few students began working in their spaces right away including, shown above from l. to r., Emily Atkins '11, Nelson Potter '11, Jason Getz '11, and Amanda Wolfe '11.
Department chairs – Pam Barby (graphic design), Dorothy Frey (fine arts), Bob Hochgertel (Illustration), and Christine Welch (photography) – also shared why the Center helps them prepare students for a life in art.
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PCA&D thanks everyone who helped make this project possible, including M&T Bank, Benchmark Construction, Tippets/Weaver Architects, and all the faculty and staff who worked on the project.
Above: Some of PCA&D's friends who came to the opening included Liz Lambert, director of Lancaster Arts; Lois Dostalik, chairman of the PCA&D board; and Wendy Nagle, board member (from l. to r.).
Above: Old and new friends joined in the celebration, too (from l. to r.): former PCA&D board chairman Thomas Dautrich; Wendy Tippetts, Tippetts/Weaver Architects; Bob Brandt, former chairman of PCA&D trustees and president of Benchmark Construction; and Lisa Riggs, director of the James Street Improvement District.
Above: Mary Colleen Heil, PCA&D president (far right) was joined by Suzanne Arnold (l.) and trustee Mark Korman (center).
The Design Center is part of a $1.5 million facility enhancement to the buildings PCA&D owns at 204 and 202 North Prince Street in Lancaster. The Center greatly expands the cross-department collaborative nature of PCA&D's curriculum, which features real-world projects from outside clients. It's a confluence of current technology with art & design education.