Hamline News

New ArtSpace Open in Osborn Hall

Hamline University has opened a new platform for students to create and share their artwork, musical talents, and more with the creation of ArtSpace on first floor of Osborn Hall. ArtSpace was organized collaboratively by the College of Liberal Arts Division of Fine Arts and the Office of Residential Life. The two departments believed it was important to give students an easily accessible space to produce their own work apart from school assignments and projects, in a student led, organic environment.

“This is a true collaborative approach, instead of saying no this can’t work, we said no we can make this work,” said Associate Dean of Students Javier Gutierrez.

Gutierrez was formerly the director of residential life and in his new position as associate dean he still oversees parts of the Hamline University Office of Residential Life, including the creation of themed or special interest housing within the residence halls. So when Professor of Art History Aida Aduah asked about this new space for students on the first floor of Osborn Hall, he was happy to help.

Supplies have been purchased by various departments within the fine arts division, and instruments have been hand picked by Audeh and donated by Head of Media Services Brian Johnson and Residential Life. In the future, ArtSpace would like to raise money through different Hamline fundraisers to raise money for art supplies and instruments. Students have access to everything from watercolor paint to charcoal sketching and pencil sketching.

To get access to any of the acoustic guitars, electric keyboards, or hand percussion, students just need to contact any Osborn Residential Assistant. The performance room is open at all times, and is fit with hardwood floors, two speakers and an amp system for students to express their musical art. Students can reserve the room for shows, or performances by contacting Jacob Alexander, Area Coordinator for the Heights at jalexander06@hamline.edu.

There is no limit to what students can do in ArtSpace. In addition to fine art, media art is supported with technology like a flat screen television, outlets to plug in computers, and DVD player to showcase digital art or films.

“Art, whether music, painting, sculpture, and theatre, is often a collaborative effort. Even if artists are working on art forms in a solitary way, they still need the inspiration provided by exchanging ideas with other artists of all kinds. This space allows students who are interested in arts of all kinds to get together on their own,” said Audeh.

ArtSpace encourages all students, on or off campus, across all majors to take part in the creative space. To get access, contact the Office of Residential Life at reslife@hamline.edu to get your Student ID Card programmed. The overseers of ArtSpace hope to soon see the walls filled with the art and the air be filled with music as the space starts to take off.