The fine arts building, fondly referred to by students as Cope, is located at the corner of campus. There’s actually Rodman Theatre, Cope Rehearsal Hall, Presser Recital Hall and Crandall Art Gallery – but everyone just calls the building Cope.
You get your regulars, like music students who essentially live in the building and theatre students who have evening rehearsals five nights a week. And there are always random people who grace us with their presence because it’s raining and snowing outside. Everyone uses Cope like a covered bridge when there’s bad weather.
My favorite type of people to see is the art students. Their actual building is across the street in Eells, but their gallery is in Cope. When they’re working in Crandall, you know something good is coming.
Crandall Art Gallery. It’s a high-ceiling white hallway that connects one end of the music wing to the theatre wing. It’s one of my favorite places on campus to go and reflect because it always has such cool things in it. Last year, they featured the sabbatical work of Bob Buganski, one of our art professors. I also liked the work of Diane Belfiglio, a local artist who works really well with creating light and shadow effects in her painting. Currently, it’s housing the work of the art professors.
I just love getting the opportunity to see a gallery full of art on a daily basis. The only days there isn’t something on display are when the art students are preparing the gallery for its next batch of beauty. I’ve seen sculptures, design work, paintings, sketches, oil pastels, collages – you name it, we’ve shown it.
I especially like the student showcases. It’s nice to know that Mount Union goes through such a huge effort to show off its students – theatre productions, music recitals and an art gallery exhibition makes for great honors and points of pride among the students.
So the next time you’re escaping bad weather, or just feel like taking a gander at some art, go ahead and venture through Crandall Art Gallery. It’s something like a semi-hidden gem at Mount, and there’s always something worth seeing.