The Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine will formally open its newly completed Contemporary Arts Center on Nov. 9.
The long-awaited, $42.35-million building — equipped with state-of-the-art studios and spaces for displaying, staging and producing art — will be the new anchor for the art school complex. Faculty members and school and campus administrators say the center will allow the school's departments to leap ahead with early 21st century artmaking, exhibitions and research.
"The basic concept was to envision a space flexible enough that would take the school to the next level," said Joseph Lewis III, the school's dean. "The building really gives us the ability to put together all the cutting-edge stuff."
For example, the building houses a 2,000-square-foot Performance Capture Studio, which combines motion-capture technology used for 3-D productions with a green screen stage for making high-definition video.
The combination is rare for a university art school, UCI officials and faculty members said.