OFFICE OF THE DEAN-
June 2, 2016
Last week, we shared with you that given the significant growth of the undergraduate student body, the University Art Gallery (UAG) was one of several spaces on campus being considered for use as classroom space. We have heard from many of you that, although the classroom need is urgent and important, it is equally important to preserve campus spaces that allow the arts to thrive.
We acknowledge these concerns and consequently, with the support of Chancellor Khosla, have removed the UAG from consideration for redevelopment at this time. We remain open to considering a viable proposal for the revitalization of the UAG. Additionally, we have directed our planners to review our portfolio of existing capital projects to determine what opportunities may exist to create alternative new and vibrant replacement spaces across the campus.
The UC San Diego campus is rich with opportunity to experience art in multiple venues. Recent culturally significant installations, the Sojourner Truth Statue, the Chicano Legacy 40 Aņos Mural, and the Black Legacy Mural, have enriched and humanized the campus, and our Stuart Collection has long demonstrated the power of art in nontraditional spaces. In addition, traditional venues for art exhibition remain, including the Adam D. Kamil Art Gallery, Visual Arts Gallery at SME, Visual Arts Facility Gallery, gallery@calit2, Geisel Library and other spaces. The arts are deeply embedded in UC San Diego's past, present and future.