Volume 97 Issue 8 News

Studio Art/IMA Building Construction

by Julia Wagner

On Feb. 18 a campus wide email was sent out by President Troha announcing renovations to be done on the school. Among the renovation plans is the construction of a new studio arts building, with the inclusion of Integrated Media Arts (IMA).

The plans mentioned in the email were approved by the Board of Trustees in January and were developed as part of Juniata’s strategic plan Courage to Act. These plans will be happening over the next two years and approximately $15 million will be going toward these renovations.  

It is estimated that “Classes will begin in the building fall 2017,” said Ryan Gibboney, an instructor in Integrated Media Arts. “The upcoming academic year will allow faculty and administration to evaluate where (IMA) program is going.”

“I feel like a lot of people, when they hear IMA, it’s like, what does that even mean?” said senior Megan Myers, a current IMA student. “IMA is integrated media arts, and it is a combination between communication, (information technology) and art and art history and studio art, it’s a big collection of it all.”

“I am so excited for the new building to go up. Being an IMA media production student throughout my time here, there was never an exact home for me. I am definitely welcome in the communication department and the IT department, I have a great relationship with both, but we don’t have a space of our own,” said Myers, “I have worked in the digital media studio since I was a freshman and that was kind of like our space to do video stuff or design stuff, at least for some of the students that I have worked with.”

The IMA students are spread throughout the campus, with some of their places to work ranging from the Juniata College Museum of Art to the Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts.

“I work in the digital media studio, but others work in the video production team, some work in marketing. We all have the same major, but we may not know about each other or each other’s abilities or strength,” said Myers. “By putting us all in one building, I think it would be a really cool collaboration.”

With this new building, some IMA students have high hopes for the IMA program. “I really want the rest of campus to know what talent the IMA students have, we do a lot of stuff behind the scenes and by putting us in a place that people can go—they will be able to see the type of work we do,” said Myers.

Studio Art students will also be impacted by these changes. Freshman Peter Richardson, a photography student, is looking forward to having a designated space for his program. “It will be all different arts, so I feel collaboration will naturally happen,” said Richardson.  

“Since we are all kind of separated, putting us all in one building will help with collaborations.” said Myers. “Say ‘hey so and so knows graphic design really well,’ instead of having to ask around, we would all just be there.”

While IMA is a considered in the plans, the building will predominantly hold art classes. “There is going to be a painting studio, there is going to be a drawing studio, there is going to be a photography studio, digital photography with photography studio where you take photographs, there will be 3-D design room, and there is going to be a fabrication room,” said Monika Malewska, a studio arts professor.

“Originally it was an art building, and the IMA was added on. The original plans were in 2008 when I first started working here, and then technology advanced and plans changed and the IMA was added on later on,” said Malewska.

The inclusion of IMA in the Studio Arts building will benefit both parties. “The IMA program brings technology even further, being able to work with folks from that angle will bring the arts to the 21st century,” said Malewska. “A lot of students who take digital media also benefit from the traditional arts because there are certain elements and principles of design that transcend media.”

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