Eastern Michigan University Board of Trustees Approves $ 4.6 Million Investment Project for New 3D Arts Complex


YPSILANTI – The Eastern Michigan University Board of Trustees today (June 10, 2021) approved a $ 4.6 million investment project for the construction of a recently announced 3D arts complex as part of the art and design school on the university campus in Ypsilanti.

This project will be funded by a $ 2.2 million grant from the Windgate Foundation with matching funds of $ 400,000 in fundraising from the EMU Foundation and $ 2.0 million funded by the University.

See a gallery renderings for the proposed complex to be built as part of the current University Sculpture Studio.

The new 3D arts complex is designed to advance opportunities across multiple artistic disciplines by providing a new and expanded dynamic space that establishes a collaborative and creative environment for artistic creation. Programs that will be hosted in the new facility include: sculpture, ceramics, furniture design, digital fabrication, 3D design and metallurgy. Currently, these programs are located in several buildings on campus.

The complex will primarily serve general education students and 3D art studios and will be built in the northwest corner of the campus as part of the current University Sculpture Studio. Its completion is scheduled for 2023.

“This is an exceptional opportunity to expand the University’s footprint in the world of 3D arts with an exciting, dynamic and highly functional space that will bring together many disciplines in a creative environment,” said James Smith , president of Eastern Michigan University. “We are very grateful to the Windgate Foundation for supporting the vision and extensive planning of the new complex under the able leadership of School of Art and Design Director Sandra Murchison. “

For more information on the School of Art and Design, visit the website UEM College of Arts and Sciences home page.

About the University of Eastern Michigan

Founded in 1849, Eastern is Michigan’s second oldest public university. It currently serves more than 16,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctorate and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In total, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are awarded by the colleges of arts and sciences of the University; Business; Education; Engineering and technology; Health and social services; and, his graduate school. UEM is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University’s website.

About the Windgate Foundation

The Windgate Foundation provides grants to public nonprofit charities in the United States. The Windgate Foundation focuses its support on: significant educational programs in contemporary crafts and visual arts, programs offering visual arts, arts education or effective pedagogical support to K-12 schools, and institutional support from the higher education for visual arts and scholarships.


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