Video: Celebration of New East Academic Building

| April 3, 2012
Webster University East Academic Building grand opening

Wednesday, March 28, 2012: Webster University leaders cut the ribbon on the East Academic Building.

Celebration Focused on Friends, Family and Community

Last Wednesday’s official dedication of the East Academic Building (EAB) was the first of several events held to celebrate the first new classroom building on Webster University’s St. Louis campus in close to 30 years.

The following video captures highlights from the official dedication, including remarks by Webster President Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble, Provost and senior vice president Julian Schuster, and an address on the history of U.S. college campus design by Robert A.M. Stern, the EAB’s design architect.

Two magnificent balloon sculptures created by Webster alumnus Jason Hackenwerth (BFA ’93) for the building’s opening also are featured in the video. About 250 people attended the building’s dedication ceremony and reception.

Webster University - Laumeier Sculpture Park

Installation of Window 1/3, on loan from Laumeier Sculpture Park

Laumeier Sculpture Park and Public Art Initiative

As part of the grand opening celebration on Wednesday, the University, with the help of Laumeier Sculpture Park, kicked off a public art initiative.

The Laumeier-Webster collaboration came to life when one of Laumeier’s 60 sculptures went on loan to Webster. The 8-foot-tall bronze sculpture, Window 1/3, by American artist Jene Highstein, was installed on the campus near the EAB.

This new collaboration follows a history and tradition of significant partnerships and donations of art to Webster University. It joins a collection of more than 1,000 works of art in the Webster collection, several of which will find their home in the EAB.

The collaboration signifies an important first accomplishment of the newly formed Webster University Art Council launched by President Stroble.

The celebration continued Friday when 200 hundred Webster students enjoyed an evening of festivities at the new EAB. The party featured building tours, several musical performances by Webster students, and hors doeuvres and desserts.

Webster University East Academic Hall grand opening

The University commissioned alumnus Jason Hackenwerth (center, with Jason Hackenwerth (BFA ’93) shown with his mother and Art professor Tom Lang) to build two balloon sculptures for the dedication of the East Academic Building in 2012.

The week’s festivities concluded Saturday afternoon with a free “Community Day” event. The 300 Webster Groves residents who attended the event were treated to a barbecue lunch, sustainability tours of the building interior and exterior, an international student art exhibit and Hackenwerth’s balloon art.

A caricature artist and Webster’s mascot, the Gorlok, were on hand to entertain youngsters. Many thanks to the student committee, led by Chris Pemberthy and Laura Eschbacher, which did a fantastic job organizing the student and Community Day events!

Click here to view photos of the Open House, and click here to view more photos from the Grand Opening.

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