The Robert H. and Blythe Bickel Edwards Center for Art and Dance, named for Bowdoin’s 13th president and his wife, opened in late August 2013 as the new home for visual art and dance at the College.
Located at the site of the former Longfellow Elementary School, the Edwards Center will provide space for modern art studios, classrooms, critique space, and student exhibitions in the visual arts and dance, including a state-of-the art digital media lab. The single location will, for the first time, enable faculty and students engaged in dance, painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, architecture, printmaking, woodworking, and digital media and design to work together under a single roof, creating a cohesive arts community and numerous new opportunities for artistic synergy.
Until now, the visual arts and dance have been scattered across campus and throughout the town of Brunswick. A $6.5 million renovation and an interior expansion of the 38,129 square foot school building (by creating a two-story space in the former gymnasium) will result in a facility of nearly 45,000 square feet that will consolidate in one location visual arts and dance programs now housed in six different locations.