Eastern Michigan University to break ground on new $7.5 million Windgate Arts Complex in the School of Art and Design – April 20

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Who: Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents, EMU President James Smith and other officials 

What: Windgate Arts Complex groundbreaking 

When: Thursday, April 20, from 4 - 5 p.m. The event begins with brief remarks and a groundbreaking/photo op followed by a reception.

Where:  EMU Sculpture Studio on Lyman St. (see map)

Parking is available next to the studio. 

Background –  Eastern Michigan University officials and arts community members will convene for a groundbreaking celebration of the new Windgate Arts Complex in the School of Art and Design on Thursday, April 20, from 4 - 5 p.m. at Eastern’s Sculpture Studio on Lyman St. in Ypsilanti. 

The facility is designed to advance opportunities in several arts disciplines by providing a new and expanded space that establishes a collaborative, creative environment for artmaking. The facility will house the following programs: sculpture, ceramics, furniture design, digital fabrication, 3D design, and metalsmithing. Currently, these programs are spread across several campus buildings.

The projected cost to build the new 24,000 sq. ft. complex is $7.5 million. The Windgate Foundation invested $3.2 million, including funds from a challenge grant and a matching gift agreement between the Foundation and the University, to make this project a reality. 

Visit the Windgate Arts Complex news release for more information about the project.  

For more information on the School of Art and Design, visit the EMU College of Arts and Sciences homepage.


About Eastern Michigan University
Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 14,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and its graduate school. National publications regularly recognize EMU for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. Visit the University’s rankings and points of pride websites to learn more. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website. To stay up to date on University news, activities and announcements, visit EMU Today.

April 17, 2023

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