The plan for the Caine School of the Arts to become the Caine College of the Arts became effective July 1, 2010. Former Theatre and Music Department Head Craig Jessop was named the new Dean. The Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University was founded in August 2005 as the Caine School of the Arts. The Caine College of the Arts provides for a collaborative culture in which a unified "community of the arts" can thrive. This collaboration supports opportunities in discovery, teaching, and learning, connections across artistic disciplines, and expanded outreach partnerships and possibilities. Collaboration and outreach position Utah State University as a national model for the "new land-grant university" where personal, professional, academic, and community enrichment through the arts is a major institutional goal. The Caine College of the Arts brings together students and faculty for artistic study and a liberal arts education at a research university.
The Caine College of the Arts offers: a visiting artist program that brings to campus nationally renowned artists and designers; award-winning faculty members; a world-class performance hall; internship assignments with prominent artists and designers; and international study opportunities. The Caine College of the Arts includes Art, Interior Design, Music, and Theatre Arts, as well as the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, the Mountain West Center for Regional Studies, and Utah Public Radio.
A Brief History of the Caine College of the Arts
The Caine College of the Arts was named in recognition of the Marie Eccles Caine Foundation's long-standing support of the arts at Utah State University. The idea for a school of the arts was initiated by then-Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, Stan Albrecht, now president of Utah State University. Albrecht worked closely with sisters Kathryn Caine Wanlass and Manon Caine Russell, founding members of the Marie Eccles Caine Foundation, to translate the vision of a school of the arts into reality. The activities of the Caine College of the Arts are consonant with the goals of the Marie Eccles Caine Foundation to support visiting artists, provide scholarship support to students, and enhance community outreach and partnerships in the arts. Today the Caine College of the Arts continues to raise the visibility and notoriety of the arts at Utah State University, the community, and beyond.
The Caine College of the Arts is a collaborative community, representing the collective talents and voices in the arts at Utah State University. Believing in the unique power of the arts to celebrate, illuminate, transform, and inspire the human spirit, the Caine College of the Arts seeks to make the arts more visible, more innovative, and more fully integrated into the intellectual and cultural life of the university and the communities it serves.
Utah State University's Caine College of the Arts represents the broadest interpretation of the "arts:" art as personal expression, art for art's sake, art as communication, art as an important social and political force, art for personal enjoyment, and art as a contribution to what it means to be both an individual and a part of the larger cultures that connect us.
The Caine College of the Arts is the most recently announced college at Utah State University. A steering committee comprised of the department heads of Art, Interior Design, Music, and Theatre Arts, as well as the director of the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, coordinates collaborative and interdisciplinary initiatives and governs and directs programs and events. The College's Program Coordinator assists with the execution of the steering committee's plans. The Caine College of the Arts Development Officer works with the dean and steering committee members to advance the college's development goals.