Ground was broken today (Oct. 22) for a new $1.4 million studio art facility on the campus of the University of the South. The building will be named for Charles J. Nabit, a 1977 graduate of Sewanee’s College of Arts and Sciences, and Mary Kay Nabit of Baltimore, whose commitment made it possible to move ahead with plans for the facility. “I hope that this building will do for the art department what the Tennessee Williams Center has done for the theatre department,” said Nabit. “This will be an extraordinary place for students to create and express themselves, it will be a pleasure to see it rise up from the ground.” Also honored and attending the Oct. 22 ceremony were Ginny and Jeff Runge, both members of the class of 1977, who have provided additional support for the building. Greg Pond, assistant professor of art and sculptor, expressed the hope that the new facility will be the catalyst for an explosion of the visual arts in Sewanee. Pond, who praised longtime art faculty member Ed Carlos for his ability to motivate students and colleagues, said that the new building will provide a proper match for the energy, enthusiasm and efforts of both students and faculty. Tony Winters, class of 1976, whose New York-based Penta Studio Architecture is known for creating unique performance spaces, galleries, and art support facilities around the world, is designing the project. Once completed it will move Sewanee’s studio art program from the old University dairy, where sculpture is now taught, and from the old Gailor dining hall, where painting had been taught the past few years, into a state of the art space near the corner of Georgia and Kennerly Avenues. Featuring large, airy studios with abundant natural lighting, the facility will also offer exhibition space for viewing of the students’ completed works.