Soft Opening of Federal Building on May 1

Posted April 25, 2012 in Federal Building Updates

Annual Student Exhibition also open for review

Dr. Oliver H. Evans, president of Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, is inviting the public to join Kendall’s faculty, students and staff to the first event to be held in the renovated structure known as the Historic Federal Building. This “soft” opening of the building on Tuesday, May 1 will utilize the newly updated Galleries on the first floor to exhibit the MFA Thesis Exhibition and the work of Kendall’s Studio Excellence Award winners, who were selected from the graduating class of 2012. The always popular Annual Student Exhibition of creative work completed by the remainder of the student body will be available for self-guided tours on all seven floors of Kendall’s main building across the street at 17 Fountain St., NW. 

The “soft” opening will begin at 4:00 p.m. with brief remarks in the Decorative Arts Corridor on the west side of the first floor. The building will be open until 7:00 p.m. for self-guided tours. Light refreshments will be served and the event is free of charge. The Historic Federal Building is located at 17 Pearl St, NW. This event will be the only opportunity for the public to tour the facility until a later date in the fall when an official Grand Opening will be held.

As part of Ferris State University, Kendall College of Art and Design offers programs that prepare the College’s graduates for professional lives as artists and designers. Kendall’s undergraduate programs Include Art Education, Art History, Collaborative Design, Digital Media, Drawing, Drawing-Printmaking focus, Fashion Studies, Furniture Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Medical Illustration, Metals and Jewelry Design, Painting, Photography, and Sculpture and Functional Art. Kendall also offers an MFA in in Drawing, Painting, Photography or Printmaking, and, as part of Ferris State University’s MBA program, an Advanced Studies Certificate in Design and Innovation Management. Kendall is an active community partner and annually provides over 2,000 children and adults opportunity to pursue courses in art and design through a richly varied continuing studies program.