As an artist, it certainly isn't ideal to have your work space temporarily converted into a construction zone - especially two summers in a row.
But when the end result is as beautiful as the renovations made recently to Pittsburg State University's Porter Hall, a little displacement never hurt anyone's artistic inspiration.
"They've updated so many things, and we thought we should highlight that," said Jamie Oliver, associate professor in art. "We wanted to have an event for the people who remembered the building previously, to show them everything that has been done."
To highlight the personal work of art faculty, the artistic creations of the PSU community, as well as show off the $2.2 million in building updates (including new paint and lighting, windows and doors, roofing and mechanical systems), the Department of Art will host an Open House from 5-8 p.m. on March 10, with shows running through April 12.
"Hot-Cold" a show displaying the recent works of faculty members Rhona Shand, Marjorie Schick, Malcolm E. Kucharski, James Oliver and S. Portico Bowman, will run in the University Gallery. "Collective Fusion" a show including works by multiple PSU faculty, staff and friends of the gallery, will be displayed in the Harry Krug Gallery.
"For me, this is one of our highlights of the year," said Art Chairwoman Rhona Shand, whose work in digital mixed media will be on display. "This isn't bringing in a world-renowned artist, but it's seeing who is an artist in our community. This opening is a way to say thank you and see some special gifts from the people sharing their work with us."
The Open House will include remarks from historians and archivists, as well as music and tours of the building.
For Oliver, whose work in Gouache is shown both regionally and nationally, celebrating the work of community artists - some of whom played roles in the building renovations - is a great way to express appreciation and show support.
"We're not going to see work that is all the same - it will be a wide variety," he said. "I think we're going to see some real quality work."
Hours for the University Gallery are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Hours for the Harry Krug Gallery are 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mon.-Thurs. and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays. For more information on visiting artists, departmental honors and art news, go to http://www.pittstate.edu/department/art/.