Art meets science: New facility a mecca for collaborative research
Imagine a place where studio painters, sculptors, ceramicists, graphic artists, scientists and engineers gather to collaborate on projects that might someday change the way everyday objects are created.
The Facility for Arts Research (FAR) — a 22,500-square-foot former cancer-research facility nestled on 5 acres in northwest Tallahassee — is the result of a new initiative from Florida State University's College of Visual Arts, Theatre & Dance. FAR will provide a unique, interdisciplinary research environment for both the fine arts and the sciences.
"The FAR building is the first of its kind in the country and arguably in the world," said Sally McRorie, dean of the College of Visual Arts, Theatre & Dance, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony held Dec. 8. "We're making this extraordinary facility into a reality."
Florida State is being very efficient and effective by taking a pre-existing building and re-imagining it into a cutting-edge artists' mecca that will provide students with an even richer academic experience, said FSU President Eric J. Barron.