Belton, Texas – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor will be holding a special dedication ceremony for the new Baugh Center for the Visual Arts on Friday, October 19, at 1 p.m. at the corner of 9th Avenue and Shine Street on the UMHB campus.
The Baugh Center for the Visual Arts is a two-story facility, encompassing some 27,000 square feet of programmable space dedicated to art exploration and education. The center includes a beautiful gallery, where regular exhibits will be held, as well as classrooms designed with specific art mediums such as ceramics, screen-printing, and computer design in mind. The center was completed in time to open for the current fall semester, and response from students and faculty has already been overwhelmingly positive.
The $5 million facility was designed by GSC Architects of Austin. Construction was overseen by Bartlett Cocke General Contractors.
The Baugh Center for the Visual Arts is named in memory of Eula Mae and John Baugh, Houston philanthropists who were steadfast supporters of higher education and Texas Baptist causes.
John Baugh was the founder of Sysco Corporation and served as chairman and CEO of the company, which became the world’s largest food distribution service with 170 locations and over 47,500 employees. John’s business acumen was matched by his commitment to numerous charitable causes, and UMHB was just one of the many organizations that benefitted from John and Eula Mae’s generous gifts.
The Baughs established the Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation in 1995 to continue their philanthropic efforts beyond their own lifetimes. In 2009, under the direction of their daughter, Barbara Baugh, the foundation stepped forward to make the lead gift for construction of a new visual arts center, and in doing so inspired other donors to support the project.
Following the dedication ceremony, visitors are invited to take tours of the new facility.