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New Media and Wyeth Family Studio Arts Center

New Media and Wyeth Family Studio Arts Center

We transformed a 1960s dining hall at the University of Maine into the New Media and Wyeth Family Studio Arts Center, a facility designed to provide opportunities to explore independent learning platforms and encourage innovation, collaboration, and experimentation.

University of Maine
Orono, ME
Completed: 2011 34,000 sf
Photography by © Amy Pierce

This project includes a new, cutting edge program including studio space for painting, drawing, 3D design, photography and print making, as well as a black box theater, fabrication labs, and digital art and new media production spaces. These formal and informal learning and maker spaces provide a safe, supportive, and engaging environment for collaboration and experimentation across art disciplines and mediums.

Spaces are flexible and multi-purpose, functional, and promote conversation and serendipitous interactions across art disciplines. Flexible, open galleries, display and performance areas are incorporated throughout the complex. The black box theatre can accommodate between 75-125, people depending on the configuration. Movable walls, curtains, scrims, adjustable sound and lighting devices, and a retractable exterior wall for outdoor facing projection or performance encourage innovative uses for the space.