The R.K. Bailey Art Studios opened in fall 2003 and provides a 30,000 square-foot space for an art gallery; drawing, printmaking, painting and ceramics studios; an art library; dance studio; photography laboratory and darkroom; an outdoor art workplace and sculpture display area; and several classrooms.
The complex offers an architecturally sophisticated, technologically advanced space for accommodating growth in arts enrollment and programs at the University. The structure was made possible by a $2-million gift to UT’s comprehensive campaign from the nonprofit Bailey Family Foundation, established by Ron K. Bailey.
The center of the building is the spacious home for the University’s Scarfone/Hartley Gallery, which exhibits the works of faculty, students and visiting professional artists from around the world.
“Tampa is known for its appreciation of the arts, and this UT facility will only strengthen that reputation,” said Bailey, whose generosity has also extended to numerous other contributions for the University.