- University of Southern Mississippi officials broke ground Friday
to start the final phase of construction on the long-awaited $1.2
million 3-D Art Building.
the College of the Arts and Department of Art wielded shovels during
a 2 p.m. ceremony at the site on West Fourth Street, just across
from the university campus.
the ceremony, benefactors Tommy Dulaney, president of Structural
Steel Services, and his wife, Margaret, of Meridian, and Charles
and Anita Price of Hattiesburg were recognized for their support
of the project by naming the facility in their honor the
Structural Steel Services 3-D Art Building and the Price Sculpture
building will serve as studio classrooms for all functions of the
3-D art program and will be equipped with high-quality tools and
work stations. The Art Department also plans to host public workshops
in these multipurpose spaces.
years now, the sculpture program at Southern Miss has attracted
students from all over the southeast some from even farther,"
said Jennifer Torres, Art Department chair. "I consider it
to be one of the best programs in the region. With our new facilities,
we will soon be recognized nationally as the place to study the
three-dimensional arts especially when it comes to iron pouring."
In 1990, phase
one of the project included a new foundry at a cost of $191,800.
Phase two in 2000, an initial addition, cost $183,000. Upon completion
of this third and final phase, at a cost of $826,025, the building
will contain the Price Sculpture Studio, classrooms, a wood shop,
machine shop, plaster and stone lab, offices and a critique-exhibition
space. The total cost is $1,200,800.
many supporters for their instrumental roles in making the building
a reality. One of those supporters is the associate vice president
of facilities at Southern Miss, David Anderson, whom Torres said
"worked tirelessly with the state of Mississippi to secure
funds for phases one and two of the construction."
an endowment to the Department of Art in May 2002 to equip the education
facility with all the tools necessary to be operational.
of Mr. Delaney and Structural Steel is especially thrilling because
it will be used both for equipment and for an endowment that will
fund a graduate assistantship in sculpture," said Mary Ann
Stringer, dean of the college. "Our students are our investment
in the future, and this new assistantship will help one of our talented
young artists each year."
Anita Price have committed annual support to the Art Department,
as well as an increase to their existing scholarship endowment.
Mrs. Price have been longtime supporters of our visual arts area
in the college," said Suzanne Hirsch, development officer for
the college. "It is our honor to name the sculpture studio
for them in gratitude for their dedication to our students and the
was open to the public. For more information, call the Department
of Art at (601) 266-4972.