Friesen Center for the Visual Arts
The Friesen Center for the Visual Arts, opened in 2009, greatly enhances Hesston College’s presence in the fine arts realm. Prior to its inception, the campus previously had no termination point as one walked down the main path. The Center was conceived as a visual connection on campus and a gateway to the fine arts complex. It addressed the connection from the dorms on through the north end of the campus.
The building contains studios for ceramics, sculpture and drawing/painting. These studios were designed with high ceilings and large windows to create an inviting and inspiring environment for art students. There is also a Mac lab, classroom and gallery, which is often filled with student works.
As a new addition to Hesston College, the Center was imagined with an appearance that referenced both technology and art. This vision was realized with an economical, simple aesthetic. The expression of brick and steel was new to campus, so neutral colors were employed to build visual compatibility with the college’s master plan. The Center is then linked to the fine arts building, providing the whole fine arts complex with interior connections.