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Arts BannerWith construction underway, the new Visual & Performing Arts Center has received a big boost from the George I. Alden Trust, which has awarded Daemen a $100,000 grant.

“The Center will bring the students and faculty of the Department for the Visual and Performing Arts together in one campus location,” said Daemen President Dr. Edwin Clausen. “It will magnify the place of the arts at Daemen College, providing classrooms, work spaces, performance spaces, and art history resources to help students master their creative talents and develop a deeper understanding of the role of the arts in our contemporary world.”

Expected to open in the winter of 2012-13, the new Visual & Performing Arts Center will also stay true to the proud tradition and vision of the Sisters of St. Francis, founders of the former Rosary Hill College, now Daemen College.

Daemen College is undergoing a capital project to substantially renovate the former Marian Library to become the distinctive, energy-efficient, Visual & Performing Arts Center. The campaign for the Center is chaired by longtime Western New York arts advocate and Daemen College Trustee Audre Bunis, who was recently named one of Western New York’s “Women of Influence” by Business First  of Buffalo.

With over $1.2 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy and additional funding and incentives from NYSERDA, Daemen is transforming the heating and cooling systems of this inefficient building by installing geothermal technologies.

The Center will support the education of students who major in the arts as well as those who take courses in the arts. In fall 2010, 110 Daemen students majored in arts.  Daemen College awards the following arts degrees:  BFA, Graphic Design; BS, Art; BFA, Applied Design; BFA Art (Painting, Sculpture, Drawing/Illustration); BS, Visual Arts Education (Pre K-12); BS, Arts Administration; and MS, Arts Administration.   Minors are Art History; Graphic Design; Painting; Sculpture; Balanced Art; Art, Illustration; and Theatre Arts. In addition, Daemen is currently developing a new major in animation, a growing field.

Since 1991, the generous support of The George I. Alden Trust, located in Worcester, MA, has provided academic opportunities for Daemen students.  The Trust has supported the construction of a new building to accommodate Daemen’s growing physical therapy program; the expansion and restructuring of the Business Division; the Natural and Health Sciences Research Laboratory; and most recently, the Research and Information Commons.