A new home for the Robert Langen Art Gallery will be created in the southeast corner of the main floor of Laurier’s Waterloo campus Library.
The new facility, which is scheduled to open in September 2016, totals approximately 1,800 square feet and features a main gallery designed to double as a multi-functional, multi-use student and events hub. The space will also include a gallery gift shop that will spotlight original art and crafts, and will feature other creative forms and outputs by various artists, authors and musicians, including members of university community and the extended Laurier family.
“The integration of the gallery into the Library family is continuing, and we are pleased to be moving ahead with the creation of a full-service physical space,” said Gohar Ashoughian, Laurier’s university librarian. “This is another step towards our vision of the Library as the intellectual and cultural heart of campus, a place where students, faculty, staff and everyone else in our community can come together to share and create ideas across all media.”
“I am very excited to be moving ahead with the construction of a robust, beautiful new home for the gallery,” said Suzanne Luke, curator of the Robert Langen Art Gallery. “I look forward to continuing our tradition of providing an innovative visual arts program that stimulates, challenges and provokes questions and inquiries about the world around us, while at the same time enhancing our collaboration and interaction with students and the broader community.”
In addition to gallery exhibitions, the new facility is designed to host a wide range of student and community events, such as concerts, theatrical performances, film screenings, workshops, author readings, receptions and other cultural events. Thanks in part to generous support from the Student Life Levy, the space will include audio-visual and multimedia equipment to allow for the transmission and capture of student and community events and performances.
In May 2015, the university announced plans to integrate the Robert Langen Art Gallery into the Laurier Library’s organizational structure. The move addressed a recommendation in Laurier’s Integrated Planning and Resource Management initiative to transform the gallery.