Artists have a spacious new home at Piedmont College in Demorest
Students in the Art Department have a little more room to spread out, thanks to the opening of the new Smith-Williams Art Studios on the Demorest campus.
Named for the parents of the late Virginia Baxter Smith Williams (’29) and her husband, William D. Williams, the building is located at the intersection of Laurel Avenue and Massachusetts Boulevard. The Williams were longtime supporters of the college. Her father, William Baxter Smith, taught mathematics at Piedmont from 1899-1907 and was a Trustee; and her mother, Fanny Henkle Smith, was registrar from 1947-1956.
The modern three-story steel and glass structure is a “stellar space for art instruction,” says Art Department chair Chris Kelly. The building was designed by Armentrout, Matheny and Thurmond of Athens with construction by Scroggs and Grizzel Contracting.
The new building provides almost 26,000 square feet, with separate classrooms for ceramics, wood and metal working, a photo studio and darkroom, computer graphics lab, printmaking, painting, and sculpture. A smaller adjacent building houses six ceramics kilns and a bronze furnace, Kelly said.
Construction of the Smith-Williams Studios, which follows the opening of the Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art in downtown Demorest, reflects the expanding demand for art classes at the college, Kelly said. In addition to Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree programs in art, Piedmont also offers a new B.A. degree in Art Education and a B.A in Arts Administration.
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