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Ribbon-cutting to mark opening of Shepherd's CCA II on April 18

ISSUED: 15 April 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Ribbon-cutting to mark opening of Shepherd's CCA II on April 18)

Shepherdstown, WV--Shepherd University will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, April 18 at 1:30 p.m. to mark the opening of Phase II of the Center for Contemporary Arts. Tours of the facility will be held at 1 and 2 p.m.

Speakers at the event include Shepherd President Suzanne Shipley, Gat Caperton, chair of Shepherd's Board of Governors; Dow Benedict, dean of the School of Arts and Humanities; and Jenny Allen, member of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and president of the Contemporary American Theater Festival board of trustees.

Designed by Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture of New York, Phase II of the Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA) is a three-story, 26,000 square foot facility that includes the Stanley C. and Shirley A. Marinoff Theater which will provide the Contemporary American Theater Festival and Shepherd's students with a new performance space. Four classrooms--one general classroom, two computer labs/classrooms, and a multipurpose classroom/rehearsal space; an art gallery; scene shop; prop shop; sculpture studio; lobby and related support and common space; outdoor work area; and a grey water system complete the building's facilities. The exterior is clad with copper shingles. The project has been designed to meet LEED Silver Certification.

State bond funding of $11.8 million for the Center for Contemporary Arts, Phase II, has been matched with $2.08 million in private funds from supporters of the Contemporary American Theater Festival and Shepherd University's Create the Future campaign.

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