University Dedicates New Visual Arts Studio with Prayer

1/24/2020

Heather Couch, assistant professor of art, speaks with Provost Dr. Randy Richards at the opening of the new Visual Arts Studio as Dr. Jason Lester, dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, looks on. Richards and other faculty and staff toured the new Visual Arts Studio on January 24, 2020.The University celebrated the opening of the Visual Arts Studio Friday morning with hands-on demonstrations, tours and prayer.

PBA bought the former Regal Paint Store on South Dixie Highway in 2018 and renovated the 3,900-square-foot space to accommodate drawing, painting, ceramics, art and stained glass courses. The studio has space for glass grinders, pottery wheels and woodworking equipment. Student paintings were displayed on easels. Earlier in the week, Kate Capato ’10 showcased her work and spoke to the Art Club about her sacred art.

Kate Caputo '10 prays before sharing her sacred art with the Art Club in the new Visual Arts Studio. Her talk was one of the first events in the renovated space.Art professors David Pounds, Tim Eichner and Heather Couch gave tours of the studio. Pounds instructed guests as they practiced the glass-cutting technique that his stained glass students use. The Art Department capitalizes on the faculty’s skills — Pounds learned stained glass techniques many years ago, and ceramics is Couch’s specialty.

“We are so happy to have her,” Pounds said of Couch. “She’s a great ceramics teacher.”

Several years ago, Pounds, a graphic design professor, missed working with his hands. He brushed up on stained glass and started teaching the craft. The stained glass courses make PBA unique among Florida universities. McMow Art Glass recently hired one of Pounds’ advanced students for a part-time position.

School of Music & Fine Arts Dean Dr. Jason Lester closed the open house with prayer. He praised Pounds, Eichner and Couch for not only setting up the studio but praying over it one evening.

“That is distinctive,” Lester said. “This isn’t just art. This is a conduit and a vehicle for redemptive storytelling.”

Photo 1: Heather Couch, assistant professor of art, speaks with Provost Dr. Randy Richards at the opening of the new Visual Arts Studio as Dr. Jason Lester, dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, looks on. Richards and other faculty and staff toured the new Visual Arts Studio on January 24, 2020.

Photo 2: Kate Capato '10 prays before sharing her sacred art with the Art Club in the new Visual Arts Studio. Her talk was one of the first events in the renovated space.