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Brick City ribbon cutting to celebrate new home for art and design

Governor Jay Nixon scheduled to make remarks
Monday, September 9, 2013

The ribbon will soon be cut on the new downtown home of Missouri State University’s art and design department: Brick City.

Governor Jay Nixon and other officials will speak at the ceremony scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Sept. 17 at the Brick City West Gallery, 215 W. Mill St. The public is invited to attend. Tours of the facilities will follow the program.

“The move to Brick City has given the art and design department the room to grow, not just in terms of square footage, but also in exchanging ideas, creating new collaborations and redefining our shared vision,” said Carolyn Cardenas, head of the department of art and design.

The Brick City project

Renovations on the former industrial buildings began in 2007 by owner and developer Matt Miller Company and its general contractor, architect and engineer. Part of IDEA Commons, the revitalized Brick City complex provides more than 85,000 square feet of space in four buildings for art and design classes.

Buildings 3 and 4, which opened in 2010 and 2008 respectively, are home to the classrooms and studio workshops that serve the foundations studio art classes, art education, sculpture, drawing and painting, as well as the Brick City Galleries. The Marlin Company Advertising Agency also leases the third floor of Building 3 from the Matt Miller Company.

Building 1, which opened in fall 2013, houses the department’s main offices, the Visual Resources Collection and the Brick City Design Studio. This building also accommodates the studios and classroom spaces for ceramics, printmaking, graphic design and illustration, animation, digital arts, metals and jewelry, photography and art history. Building 5 serves as photography lighting studios.

Renovations continue on the fourth floor of Building 1, which will house the cooperative Doctor of Pharmacy program between the University of Missouri–Kansas City and Missouri State. The first class is scheduled to enroll in fall 2014.

Facilities at Missouri State

“This is truly a win-win project,” said Missouri State University President Clifton M. Smart III. “A tired, worn out part of downtown has been improved and, in the process, we have created some of the best art space anywhere. As we work to upgrade our facilities over the next several years for our students and faculty, this project will certainly be a particular point of pride.”

Smart also reminded that the space vacated by the art and design department on campus will be renovated and reassigned to other academic units. Also, an option to purchase is provided in each Brick City building’s lease agreement.

“We have dreamed about the day when everyone from the department of art and design could be located in one place and benefit from the creative spark that close proximity produces—and now that day is here. Many people contributed to helping make this dream come true, and we are grateful for that help,” said Dr. Gloria Galanes, dean of the College of Arts and Letters.

For more information, contact Cardenas at (417) 837-2335.


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College of Arts and Letters
The College of Arts and Letters supports more than 45 undergraduate and 10 graduate programs. The college incorporates seven academic departments, including art and design; communication; English; media, journalism and film; modern and classical languages; music; and theatre and dance, and five interdisciplinary programs: antiquities; electronic arts; global studies; linguistics; and musical theatre. The College of Arts and Letters promotes learning, scholarship and service to the broader community in all aspects of human communication — spoken, written, visual, musical, dramatic and electronic.
About IDEA Commons
This unique project brings together the elements of Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship and Arts (IDEA) and is an example of how the University continues to be engaged in promoting the community’s livability and economic success. The major facilities currently in IDEA Commons include the Roy Blunt Jordan Valley Innovation Center, the Robert W. Plaster Center for Free Enterprise and Business Development, and Brick City.

Media Contact

  • Carolyn Cardenas
  • (417) 837-2335

  • Dr. Gloria Galanes
  • (417) 836-5247


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