Shaffer Art Building Special Collections Research Center

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Shaffer Art Building, SU Photo & Imaging RS 8835

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Dorothea Ilgen Shaffer Art Building

At Board of Trustees Meeting Dorothea Ilgen Shaffer Pledges Money for Construction of New Art Building: May 1986

Plans Announced: November 6, 1987

Construction Started: Spring 1989

Private Dedication: October 20, 1990

Public Dedication: October 21, 1990

Architect: Koetter, Kim and Associates

Location: Southeast corner of Quad adjacent to Sims Hall

Space: 95,000 square feet

Cost: $11 million

Funding: $3.25 million from Dorothea Ilgen and Maurice Shaffer; $500,000 grant, Fred L. Emerson Foundation of Auburn, NY; Rhoda and Emanuel Shemin, naming gift for auditorium; and Campaign for Syracuse

Named for: Dorothea Ilgen Shaffer, Class of 1933, Board of Trustees, and co-chair of Campaign for Syracuse

Notes: The Shaffer Art Building was built to house the two-dimensional arts, including Advertising Design, Communication Design, Computer Graphics, Drawing and Painting, Fashion Illustration, Film the Freshman Foundation Program, Museum Studies, Photography, and Video. It was constructed with studio space for students and instructors, a 60-seat lecture hall, a 300-seat auditorium, and several combination lounge/gallery areas and faculty offices.