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Gladys W. Kemper Center for the Arts

Commonly known as the Kemper Arts Center, the Gladys Woods Kemper Center for the Arts was added in 1999. The beautiful 41,000-square-foot Kemper Arts Center is home to WWU’s visual, performing, and communication arts division. The building boasts natural lighting in our art studios and labs; is home to a large sculpting studio, complete with rack-ku-kiln; a Mac computer lab for graphic and digital-based art; a costume design studio, and dark room. KAC is also home to KWWU 94.9 the Pulse, WWU’s campus radio station, a broadcast studio, and several classrooms.

You will also find the Mildred M. Cox Gallery, WWU's very own professional art gallery, here. The Cox Gallery showcases the work of professional artists and hosts student and faculty exhibits throughout the year on a revolving basis. Current student and faculty work is commonly seen lining the Kemper Arts Center hallways, along with other pieces of WWU's extensive art collection.

Much of the funding for the arts center came from the William T. Kemper Foundation and the David Woods Kemper Memorial Foundation. Gladys Woods Kemper was the granddaughter of Dr. William S. Woods. She served as the first woman trustee of the university from 1927 until her death in 1931. The state-of-the art display gallery is named in honor of Mildred M. Cox, wife of Clark Cox, for whom the Clack Cox Science and Language Center is named.

Will Nettleship's creation, "Centuries in Time," incorporates abstract variations of the ivy leaf, representing the ivy chain ceremony that the university students participate in at the start and end of their days on campus. It reflects an interplay between traditional and contemporary. The work starts in front of Dulany Auditorium, and incorporates the Kemper Center for the Arts. The design changes from symmetrical to asymmetrical as it progresses from the older building to the new one. The landscape sculpture helps to create a sense of identity and place.

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