Significant historic milestones celebrated
Ceremonies dedicating The Katherine D. Elliott Studio Arts Center and The Goldstein Family Carriage House drew a crowd of students, faculty and alums to the Houghton House Estate this morning as Hobart and William Smith Colleges took yet another step forward in a long series of capital projects.
The improvements are a key part of the $160 million Campaign for the Colleges that will be commemorated with a campus kickoff this evening.
“These two very important academic spaces are substantive enhancements for the studio arts,” said President Mark D. Gearan. “In May of 2005, Katherine D. Elliott, a member of the Class of 1966 and member of the Board of Trustees for nearly a decade, made history for William Smith when she made a generous donation toward the new Center. This is the first building where an alumna’s name graces the structure in recognition of her important philanthropy.” That same year, the Goldstein family initiated a renaissance—a true transformation that will serve as a symbol of the Colleges’ commitment to preserving the past for future generations.
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The ceremony began with the dedication of The Goldstein Family Carriage House, which has undergone a major restoration, thanks to a grant from the Sheldon and Ruth Goldstein Foundation. The gift honors Ruth Goldstein’s granddaughter Sarah Nargiso, a William Smith senior, and the memory of her granddaughter Rachel Nargiso, a member of the Class of 2004 who died in a car accident during her first year at William Smith.
“In 2005, through an extraordinary demonstration of philanthropy and love, Ruth Goldstein made a wonderful gift to provide quality space for students seeking to express themselves through the arts,” said David H. Deming ’75, chair of the Board of Trustees, opening the ceremony. “The Carriage House will now be used to its fullest potential as a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to the creative arts.”
The original woodwork at the Carriage House has been restored and refinished and new facilities have been added. The building hosts an 18-station digital photography lab with a state-of-the-art poster printer, a modernized darkroom for film-based photography and private studio space for advanced and honors students.
“The space is striking. You do not have to work in this building to be energized by it. I can already tell how stimulating this house will be to work in,” said Jean Corbo-Hudak ’07, a studio arts major. “I would like to personally thank Mrs. Goldstein and her family for this generous gift to the school which will benefit all of us who are here now, as well as the generations to come in the future.”
The Katherine D. Elliott Studio Arts Center was dedicated next, with President Gearan, Art Department Chair Nicholas Ruth and Allison Toepp ’07 highlighting the Center’s 14,600 square feet of new academic space, including classrooms, offices, studios for painting, photography and printing, and wood and metal shops.
“These exceptional spaces allow for professional collaboration between faculty and students. They expand the Colleges’ gallery space for student use,” said Gearan.
Professor Ruth noted the building has already transformed how “we teach and learn here, and art flows freely from one end to the other. We are passionate about art, about making it and about teaching it, because art is one of the ways that we come to know and understand our world.”
“Every room is enhanced by the presence of large windows, each of which carefully frames different aspects of the surrounding environments. The ceilings are high, there is open space and light,” said Toepp, emphasizing the benefits of the contemporary design.
After the ribbon was cut, a section of the 3-D design center was dedicated in honor of Professor of Art Ted Aub, a renowned sculptor who has achieved international recognition for his work. The donation was made by alumnus Ridgway H. White ’02 and his parents, William and Claire White of Fenton, Mich.