I’ve called for its renovation before. So until it happens, I will continue calling. Hoping that someone with the ability to make it happen shall listen. (Of course, if I knew what to do, who to talk to, I might twist some specific ears)
From a maintenance standpoint, the place could use a facelift. I mean, really. But as I am most interested the Butridge Gallery, that is the element I am most concerned about. Its current status as lobby turned gallery looks like an afterthought. Yes it is 1800 square feet, but does that take into account the entry path from the front doors to the theater entrance? Does it take into account the control of light or lack thereof because of the glass doors? Does it account for maintaining the walkways in either direction if there are special installations?
It is not the most ideal art venue.
I understand there is a tricky balance in providing a venue that is both open for the community and a respectable accomplishment for more ambitious artists. Yet, there seems to be a conflict in the gallery’s mission: “… artists have an opportunity to take risks with their work without the added pressure of sales.” “Artists […] have the benefit of high visibility, as several thousand visitors attend the award-winning art school and theater each month.”
You, the artist, are encouraged to take risks, but be careful not to offend the easily offended (kids and seniors).
The critical attention the Butridge has received was due to the more serious consideration of the gallery than the majority of juried shows presented this past year. So the logical conclusion would be to have two spaces. One for the support and lauding of student and community groups and another space for more critical exhibitions (perhaps beyond the casual perusal of those easily offended).
Challenge: Rebuild the DAC!
Sub-challenge: Let us have cake and eat it! (two galleries)
I’ll tell you ’bout what I sees.