New Arts Complex Opens

Arts and Sciences Dean Leonidas Bachas looks on as art entertainer Conni Gordon unveils the plaque for the new painting studio named in recognition of her support of the Department of Art and Art History.
A March celebration marking the grand opening of a new Studio Arts Complex included sweet treats, music, a glass-blowing demonstration, and the dedication of the Conni Gordon Painting Studio. Students, faculty, and University of Miami arts patrons enjoyed gourmet ice cream sandwiches, cotton candy, and popcorn as they toured the new facility, which houses painting, sculpture, and glass courses in a single facility for the first time in UM history.

College of Arts and Sciences Dean Leonidas Bachas praised the Department of Art and Art History’s decade-long effort to establish a common facility for studio arts courses. A champagne toast marked the dedication of the painting studio, which is named in recognition of famed art educator and entertainer Conni Gordon’s gift to the department. “We are thrilled that students will now have this space to learn and master their art,” said Gordon, whose nearly 70-year career in television and publishing has earned her the title of “World’s Most Prolific Art Teacher” in The Guinness Book of World Records.