Adams Center for the Visual Arts Dedication
With great joy, the Westmont community dedicated Adams Center for the Visual Arts May 6 in a ceremony on the Mosher Foundation Terrace. The building, five times the size of the old Westmont Art Center, provides spectacular studio space for drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, design and crafts as well as faculty offices, two general-use classrooms, a lecture hall with tiered seating, a computer graphics lab, a darkroom and the Westmont Museum of Art. Westmont President Gayle D. Beebe welcomed guests, who included trustees, donors, friends of the college and faculty, staff and students. Trustee Walter Hansen spoke passionately about the importance of the visual arts in a liberal arts curriculum. Art faculty cut ribbons for both Adams Center and the Westmont Museum of Art. The U.S. Green Building Council has certified Winter Hall as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold for its sustainable construction and energy-saving systems.
Adams Center for the Visual Arts
Location: Bordered by Voskuyl Library on the north, Porter Center and Whittier Hall on the south and the formal gardens on the east.
Configuration: 27,972 sq. ft., 3 levels
The long, narrow three-level form of Adams Center extends from west to east. This design provides the classrooms, studios and offices with natural ventilation and lighting. Two pavilions sit on the landscaped roof of the main level. The east pavilion houses the gallery and gallery reception area. In the west pavilion includes the printmaking and painting studios. All studio spaces in the building have both indoor and outdoor work spaces connected by large doors. The main level has general-use classrooms. The location of the building and the classrooms will expose all students to the visual arts. Also on this level are drawing and crafts studios and storage and study space for the college’s art collection. The computer graphics lab and ceramics and sculpture studios and work areas are all on the street level.