Arts & Culture / Mosaic / April 18, 2014

New arts building announced

President Teresa Amott announced plans for a new arts and art history building Friday afternoon. The building will aim to provide studio spaces for faculty and senior capstone projects, as well as other state-of-the-art facilities. The project represents the first academic building to be added to campus in 40 years.

The announcement follows news from alumni who have agreed to donate $5 million, the largest singular gift that Knox has received in its history. The donors are Dick and Joan Whitney Whitcomb, of the classes of 1957 and 1956 respectively. They currently live in Atlanta, where they have been supporters of the arts for a number of years.

The Whitcombs have made gifts to Knox in the past, including the $500,000 that kicked off fundraising for the renovation of Alumni Hall. They ended up donating another $750,000 to the project.

Chelsea Embree
Chelsea Embree is a senior majoring in creative writing and minoring in art history. She previously served as co-mosaic editor and as an arts and features reporter for TKS. During the summer of 2013, she served as a content intern at The St. Louis Beacon. Chelsea has studied under former Random House copy chief Sean Mills and taught writing as a teaching assistant for First-Year Preceptorial. An avid blogger, she has written extensively about youth in St. Louis and maintains a lively poetry and nonfiction blog on Tumblr. She is also the director of communications for Mortar Board and co-president of Terpsichore Dance Collective.

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