Daemen Visual and Performing Arts Center Will Feature Green Technology

Daemen Visual and Performing Arts Center Will Feature Green Technology, Geothermal Heating, Interactive Performing and Lecture Space for Community and Campus


February 8, 2011



Contact:  Mike Andrei

                 Director-College Relations




           An interactive performance/lecture space with seating for 50, featuring high-resolution projection and state-of-the-art smart board technology. A building designed to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification utilizing “green” technology and geothermal heating to contain energy costs. A thought-provoking outdoor sculpture garden.         


           These are just some of the unique features that will be built into the new $5.4 million Daemen College Visual and Performing Arts Center. Inspired by the late Sr. Jeanne File, OSF, who established the Art Department at the former Rosary Hill College more than six decades ago, the Center will meet the demands of growing enrollment in the arts programs at Daemen.


           The Visual and Performing Arts Center will sit adjacent to the new Daemen College Research & Information Commons (RIC). Like the RIC, the Visual and Performing Arts Center is being designed with features to conserve energy, water, and other resources; maximize the use of recycled materials; and minimize the use of toxic materials. By using the existing exterior structure of the former Marian Library, the Center will also make efficient use of this space without expanding the College’s footprint.


           “The Center will bring the visual and performing arts together in a single building designed to showcase the arts at Daemen College,” said Audre J. Bunis, Chair of the College’s campaign for the Visual and Performing Arts Center. “In addition, it will strengthen the ties between the College arts community and the community at large, providing a home for the arts for students and members of the general public.”


“The Arts Center will give our faculty and students the physical space to reach great artistic heights,” said Laura Sommer, Director of Visual and Performing Arts at Daemen.


           “Bringing the arts together in one campus location will allow the Center to magnify the place of the arts at Daemen College. Public spaces for viewing art and attending lectures and performances will combine with an Art Resource Center, housing videos and thousands of images for use by students and scholars from the wider community.”


           The Center will also feature flexible studio space allowing for studio instruction and theatrical space, with moveable walls making it possible to transform one large studio into three smaller ones. A second floor, dedicated to Graphic Design, will house a large, open production space as well as computer labs and faculty offices.  


The inspiration….


           More than six decades ago the late Sr. Jeanne File, OSF, established the Art Department at Rosary Hill College. Through a career spanning nearly 50 years, she taught and inspired generations of students, preparing them to take their places in the classroom, the arts community, and the world at large. Today, Sr. Jeanne is remembered with affection and deep gratitude by her former students, and the program she founded continues to flourish.
           To meet the demands of growing enrollment in its arts programs, Daemen College has embarked on an exciting venture that will carry forward the legacy and lifework of Sr. Jeanne. It will bring the visual and performing arts together in a dedicated center designed to showcase the arts and fire the imagination.


Faculty Comments….


           “With its emphasis on natural light and versatility, the new Arts Center provides dedicated studio and common room space in which students can work closely with their mentors, alone, or with one another. It promises to be a new and exciting space that will house galleries, studios, and performance spaces, with an innovative design ingeniously meeting the professional needs of a multi-disciplined faculty and student body.” 


Dr. Robert Waterhouse

Assistant Professor, Theatre

Director, Arts Administration Program

Department of Visual and Performing Arts 



           “The anticipation of a new Arts Center is truly an exciting step into the future for the Visual and Performing Arts Program, and for the entire Daemen community. New studio space and the latest technology to go with it fits perfectly in the next growth phase of Daemen College, considering the Research & Information Commons, and the growth of the College in attracting a more global student body. Energy is the key word here, positive energy.” 


Dennis Barraclough

Professor of Art

Daemen College



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