On Wednesday, March 13, 2019, Mesa College held the Grand Opening of the newly remodeled
Fine Arts Building. The redesigned building includes an art gallery, an art history lecture room; studios
for drawing, digital graphics, sculpture, ceramics and painting; and workshop spaces
to support the shared used of art equipment, material, and supply resources.
“The new facility provides an artistic environment that is responsive to student needs
and industry trends,” stated President Pamela T. Luster. “The entire building was carefully designed in ways to encourage creativity and inspiration,
and to best showcase student success and artistic engagement with the community.”
The Fine Arts Building, constructed within the former I-300 Building, has become a
highly visible and thriving hub for Fine Arts students, with a modern and spacious
new art gallery, and state-of-the-art facilities and equipment for highly-acclaimed
programs in drawing, painting, digital art, sculpting and ceramics. The facility
includes an art history lecture room; studios for drawing, digital graphics, sculpture,
ceramics and painting; and workshop spaces to support the shared used of art equipment,
material, and supply resources.
The new facility provides an environment that is responsive to student needs and industry
trends. The entire building was carefully designed in ways to encourage creativity
and inspiration, and to best showcase student outcomes and artistic engagement with
“This building is so much more than a new facility to make art. It represents an understanding
that Art matters,” stated Mesa College art studentAlbert Cartagenes. “In a time where it seems education and the arts have been put in the backburner,
I feel that the Art department has not been forgotten. Instead, it is being elevated to further the education for all of those who desire to obtain it.”
The Program included introductions from Mesa College President Dr. Pamela Luster,
Chancellor Dr. Constance Carroll, Dr. Maria Nieto Senour, and President of the San Diego Community College District Board of Trustees. Dean Leslie Shimazaki, Art Gallery Director Alessandra Moctezuma, MFA, and fine
art student Albert Cartagenes shared stories and discussed the development and impact
of this newly renovated building.
The event concluded with a ceremonial ribbon cutting. Guests then took tours the facility
and viewed the current art gallery exhibition,entitled Mario Torero: Artivismo Loko, featuring the works of San Diego artist Mario Torero, an internationally renowned
muralist and a legend in the Chicano community.
The renovation or the Fine Arts Building was funded through the $1.555 billion Propositions
S and N construction bond program provides new state-of-the-art instructional and
career training facilities, major renovations, and campus wide infrastructure projects
at City, Mesa and Miramar colleges and six Continuing Education campuses throughout
Please visit the Mesa College Fine Arts Program webpageto learn more. Information on upcoming Mesa College Art Gallery exhibitions can be
found on the Art Gallery webpage.
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