Projected Completion Date
With college departments moving to the new Campus Center, the vacated areas of J-Building will be renovated to offer expanded academic space.
- New Fine Arts/Music facility
- Shell space for Fine Arts/Gallery and Black Box Theater
- New Mathematics labs and classrooms
- Expanded offices for Mathematics and Information Technology
New Art Gallery to Open This Fall
After nearly 35 years, the Laura A. Sprague Art Gallery is relocating from the third floor of J-Building to the college’s former bookstore on the building’s first floor.
The new space is almost three times the size of the old, said Joe Milosevich, JJC fine arts professor and gallery director. In addition to the larger size, the gallery is also equipped with a storage area—an amenity the prior space did not have.
“The larger space will be especially beneficial for student shows like the annual high school exhibit and the juried student show,” Milosevich said. “More students will have the room to show more of their pieces.”
The new space is also more accessible than the former, he said. Located at the main entrance into J-Building, the gallery will be easier for visitors to find. In fact, the gallery hours will be extended during theatre productions and concerts for guests to visit during intermissions.
“The new gallery has been a long time coming. Since I started here in 1979, there has talk about expansion, said Milosevich. “I’m very excited about it. It’s a wonderful room and it’ll be a beautiful space to show.”
The first exhibition is scheduled for mid-September 2012. For more information, contact Rita Monroe at (815) 280-2223 or firstname.lastname@example.org
J- and K-Building Renovations Will Expand Music and Theatre Programs
As part of the Master Plan’s goal of increasing academic space at the college, the music program will be tripling its space this fall when renovations on the third floor of J-Building are complete.
The National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) accredited program has been operating with very limited space the past several years, making scheduling and adding new classes difficult.
The program will now be gaining a recording lab, classrooms, practice rooms, band and choir rooms, storage, and faculty offices in the space that formerly held the library.
“The added classrooms and improved rehearsal space is very exciting,” said Charles Morgan, associate professor of music at JJC. “We have also added a recording studio so that we can expand our program offerings to include digital recording and media.”
One feature that has been incorporated in the new space is additional layers of drywall and sound batt insulation, which will greatly reduce sound transmission between walls. The new music program location also includes “shelled space” that will allow the program to expand as needed in the future.
The theatre program will be also be expanding when a new black box theatre opens this fall on the first floor of K-Building in the former band room space. The 70-75 seat auditorium will provide a space for more intimate theatre productions. The first play in the black box theatre will be held in October.