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installation by Assistant Professor of Art Ivan Toth Depeña fill the space. Intimate art galleries and cutting-edge classrooms buttress the atrium and lobby space on both sides, while outside, the Philip Lance Van Every Plaza is flanked by the Dorothea Fairweather West Fountains. “Everything in the building speaks to what we


are doing and want to do: interdisciplinary work, future classes, civic engagement,” added Executive Director of the Department of Art, Design and Music Siu Challons-Lipton. “Everything is new, and that brings the possibility of new levels of partnership.”


Te benefits of housing Queens’ arts offerings in a central location are endless, as the synergy creates an electric atmosphere that promotes grant funding as well as artistic expression. Assistant Professor of Design Bill Furman, also coordinator of Queens’ Interior Architecture and Design Program, said that Gambrell will allow Queens to enjoy more active relationships in the broader arts, cultural and business communities. “Interior design is the crux of art and business: building spaces that people live and work and play in every day,” Furman explained. “All things are sign and symbol. You can’t just build it; you have to design it well. Te kinds of spaces we had before were a hard sell in today’s world.” A perfect example of space designed well is


the Te Carolyn McMahon Center for Music. Housed in the Gambrell Center, this space hosts music classrooms, faculty offices and Queens’ music therapy clinic. As the only liberal arts college in the state to offer music therapy as a major, Queens’ Ann Vandiver O’Quinn ’61 Music Terapy Suite includes observation areas and clinical spaces for children and young adults with developmental delays or neurological issues; cameras for recording sessions; and educational, planning and staging areas for students’ extensive offsite work in nursing homes, hospitals, schools, pre-schools and day programs. “Gambrell is going to help us recruit and market


and entice even more students to come here,” said Music Terapy Senior Instructor Meg Johnson.


It’s easy to see why as music therapy


students perch on a second-floor hallway balcony strumming guitars and working on assignments beside soundBRIDGE, an interactive children’s exhibit that merges structure and sound. Furman and Assistant Professor of Music Zach Zubow collaborated on the exhibit. At the Gambrell Center’s opening celebration


in February, Broadway star and two-time Tony Award-winner Sutton Foster performed for a sold- out crowd in the 1,000-seat Sandra Levine Teatre. Te grand opening also included an interactive installation from Queens alumna Molly Springfield ’99, Te Marginalia Archive, in the Bank of America and Loevner Galleries. “It was a magical night,” said Student


Government Association President Taylor Robinson, a senior triple majoring in art history, arts leadership and administration and new media design. “Current students have a real sense of pride in being part of the excitement and buzz of bringing something special to life.” Unfortunately because students left campus mid-semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic, events for the Gambrell Center such an April screening of Destruction of Memory, a film about the destruction of art in Syria, Iraq and other global hotspots, and a concert by Philharmonix: Te Vienna Berlin Music Club were cancelled. Queens Opera planned to present H.M.S. Pinafore under the direction of Alistair Donkin, a former patterman for the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company in England, in April but has since postponed the performance until October. “Art is fundamental, especially in difficult times,” said Challons-Lipton. “When it’s taken from you, then you know what it means.”


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