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My name is Steve Hartley and I am the new Head of Building Arts here at Bryn Athyn College. I have had the fortunate opportunity to work with many of you previously in my roles at Savannah Technical College and the University of York. I am writing to inform you of the exciting new programs which are currently under construction here at Bryn Athyn College.
Bryn Athyn College is a small, liberal arts school located 14 miles from Philadelphia, within easy travel distance from most major metropolitan centers in the Northeast. Founded in 1872 as a theological seminary, the school has since expanded to offer 4 years degrees and selected masters programs in a variety of academic areas. https://brynathyn.edu/
Bryn Athyn College | A small, private, Christian liberal ...
A liberal arts college dedicated to comprehensive instruction in the arts and sciences in light of the teachings of the New Church
The school is connected to the New Church, a Swedenborg religion which has its headquarters across the street at Bryn Athyn Cathedral, a National Historic Landmark https://brynathynchurch.org/cathedral/. The New Church, in the construction of the cathedral and the nearby homes of the Pitcairn family, has a strong tradition of the study and application of classical building arts. It is with this tradition in mind that the school has decided to initiate this new program in building arts.
The Bachelors in Fine Arts (BFA) in Building Arts will be the first BFA in the nation to focus exclusively on the classical building arts. Students within the program will specialize in one of four classical building arts; metal, glass, stone, or wood. Within their studies, they will also learn classical and modern drawing techniques, art and architectural history, as well as being required to take additional classes in other building crafts, with the anticipation that this framework will provide a holistic approach to the study of building arts.
The initial plan for this program entails opening our specializations in glass and metal beginning in the 2018-19 academic school year, with the stone and wood program shortly thereafter. We will also be expanding our highly regarded summer workshop series to include further offerings in all four trades, with the eventual goal of creating larger frameworks in design/build classical architecture field schools during the summer months.
The school is currently interested in formulating partnerships with a variety of academic and professional organizations to assist them in their operations. As we currently do with several regional universities, we can offer short courses throughout the academic year in any of these crafts for your students or members. We can also assist in directing students to established scholarship opportunities, both internal and external, to attend our summer workshop series. Furthermore, the college is willing to host organizational meetings and events, including the use of our on-campus living facilities, provided they are available.
As noted as far back as the 1966 Whitehill Report, traditional crafts within the US, and indeed throughout the world, are threatened due to a variety of factors, most notably a lack of avenues in which to study these trades. Bryn Athyn College, much like others in the US (ACBA, Belmont, Savannah Tech, and Clatsop for example) is taking an active stance in addressing this problem. I am very excited to be leading this effort and honored to be working with the highly regarded building arts faculty which is already here. I hope to be able to offer assistance to your students and organizations within this role and to formulate symbiotic relationships between our organizations. Please be aware that you, your students or members, are always welcome here at Bryn Athyn College.
Thank you for your time, and I hope to see you all again soon.
About Bryn Athyn Cathedral : Bryn Athyn Church
The Bryn Athyn Cathedral is situated on a hill overlooking the picturesque Pennypack Creek Valley in the borough of Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania. Since its dedication in ...
Assistant Professor and Head of Building Arts
Bryn Athyn College
PO Box 717
2945 College Drive
Bryn Athyn, PA 19009