Photos: New $66 million arts complex at East Los Angeles College nearing completion


At a sneak preview yesterday, officials at East Los Angeles College unveiled the very-nearly-complete, $66 million Performing and Fine Arts Center in Monterey Park. [Full story, Star-News]
The new center, slated to open in July, includes three multi-level buildings to house the Vincent Price Art Gallery, recital hall and drama theater. (The college’s current Vincent Price galleryendowed by the actor and art collector, is the first institutional museum to serve East Los Angeles, and it contains more than 2,000 pieces of art.)

Some details on the new facilities:
Vincent Price Art Gallery building
  • 40,382 square feet
  • 7,800 square feet of gallery storage space
  • Climate-controlled storage for art preservation
  • Workshop rooms, seven gallery spaces and a 120-seat lecture hall
Recital hall building
  • 77,078 square feet
  • 335-seat performance hall
  • Facilities for painting, sculpture, printmaking, dance, ceramics, design and drawing, music and practice space, choir and music libraries, computer labs and rehearsal space
  • Design studio with gas and electric kilns for ceramics
Theater building
  • 42,110 square feet
  • 167-seat drama theater
  • 118-seat black-box theater
  • Costume workshop
  • Rehearsal and make-up space


Below, the future recital hall:


From the Star-News:

The architecture of the buildings was designed to resemble “pieces of granite being pushed out of the earth,” project superintendent Terry Bottorff said.


ELAC President Ernest Moreno, below, told reporter Brian Day that the arts center project has been in the works for about a decade. Construction began in May 2008.




Project superintendent Terry Bottorff, below, of Tasei Construction Corp. in one of the music practice rooms:



(Photos by Sarah Reingewirtz / Staff)

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