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Edgar Hall Dedication Showcases Campaign Success at OWU

October 4, 2001

[ Edgar Hall Photo ]DELAWARE, OHIO -- Festive red and black balloons will frame parts of Ohio Wesleyan's campus on Oct. 5, as members of the OWU community gather to dedicate the newly renovated Edgar Hall at Ohio Wesleyan University.

One of the gemstones of Ohio Wesleyan's largest fundraising drive ever -- The Campaign for Ohio Wesleyan University ending on June 30 after surpassing a $100 million milestone -- Edgar Hall, located on North Sandusky Street, opened this fall as a state-of-the-art fine arts facility at OWU. Welcoming students who study painting, drawing, computer graphics, art history and photography (two-dimensional art), Edgar is headquarters for the fine arts department, while a new three-dimensional building named for fine arts professor emeritus Ebb Haycock, the Haycock 3D Building on Hayes Street, was formally dedicated during the summer.

"Various parts of the fine arts department have been located in as many as five separate campus buildings over the years," says Jim Krehbiel, chairperson of OWU's fine arts department. "It is an enormous benefit to have the 3D arts together in one building, and the two-dimensional areas of the department in Edgar Hall."

The Campaign for Ohio Wesleyan University, from its inception, called for strengthening of the fine arts experience for students through centralizing the department's location as well as providing the most up-to-dated and safe facilities.

On the larger "town-gown" front, Edgar Hall is part of the Sandusky StreetScape Project, originally designed to enhance the visual impact of those buildings located on the main thoroughfare (Sandusky) connecting campus with the local community. The Toledo architectural firm, The Collaborative, studied the location, made specific recommendations regarding all components of the fine arts department, and designed the facility.

Numerous OWU alumni and former fine arts majors will attend the 4:30 p.m. dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday at Edgar Hall. One of those guests, Nancy LaPorte Meek '59, was a fine arts major who remembers one particular professor, Ebb Haycock, with great fondness.

"The Haycock 3D Building along with the newly renovated Edgar Hall positions the fine arts department at OWU at the top of the list in the region," she says.