The Gallery is a new beacon for the arts on campus, located directly on Middle Path, Kenyon's main pedestrian spine.
The main entrance to the Gallery is through a glass lobby wrapped in terracotta baguettes.
Distinct massing and a straight-forward composition of materials recalls the greater agrarian region of central Ohio where the college is located.
The lobby accommodates the building’s two functions and serves as a student lounge and also a reception area for gallery openings and special events.
Terracotta baguettes maintain transparency while providing shading from the sun.
The 6,200 square-foot gallery is a flexible space with north facing skylights and wall partitions that support a variety of exhibit formats.
At the gallery entrance, a north facing window orients visitors to the campus context. Aluminum louvers interior of the skylights control the amount of natural light in the gallery.
Back-of-house spaces are located on the west, serviced by a dedicated loading dock that keeps vehicular traffic out of the campus core.
The 132-seat lecture hall with audiovisual systems supports both gallery and Art History functions, and is a popular campus venue for film screenings.
Campus plan - Located prominently on Middle Path, the Gallery with the nearby Music and Studio Arts Buildings brings the arts into the campus core.
Ground level plan
Second level plan
Basement level plan
East-west section
North-south section
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Gund Gallery, Kenyon College
Gambier, Ohio
At Kenyon College, art history forms the bridge between studio practice and the liberal arts curriculum. In studio art classes, art history students participate in the creative process of expression. As historians, art history students learn technical skills for evaluating artistic production, collection, and display of the past and present.

The new Gallery and Museum has carefully considered the mission of the art history curriculum to match the program. The building includes a large 6,100-square-foot gallery, a smaller secondary gallery, an entry and lower level lobby for public gatherings, a 136-seat auditorium, classroom, seminar room, “curatorial classroom,” used for in-depth study of works from the art history teaching collection, offices, and a 3,400 square-foot art storage space. Open to members of the campus community, a visual resources center is home to the College’s extensive collection of slides, (which are gradually being digitized) and art photographs.

Located directly on middle path, within the historic campus core, the Gallery and Museum brings art into the forefront of campus life. The exterior is clad in a locally-quarried sandstone veneer used extensively on campus, zinc paneling and glass. All areas of curtainwall, from a height of 8 feet above grade feature terracotta baguettes arranged horizontally. The roof is a combination of standing-seam zinc paneling and membrane roofing with skylights. The project includes a geothermal system and received LEED Silver certification.

COMPLETION

2011

SIZE

31,300 SF

AWARDS

Boston Society of Architects, Education Facilities Design Award
Boston Society of Architects, Honor Award
Society of College and University Planning (SCUP)/ American Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture for Education (AIA-CAE), Architecture Merit Award

PHOTOGRAPHY

Brad Feinknopf

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