GLENVILLE — Glenville State University’s art and design program has received a $7,500 grant from the FirstEnergy Foundation.
The grant was used to purchase a GlowForge Pro 3D laser printer for the program. Using precision laser cutting, the GlowForge is able to mark, engrave and cut materials such as acrylic, cardboard, fabric, certain foods, glass, hardwood, leather, metal, paper and slate.
“Thanks to the wonderful grant from FirstEnergy, the Department of Fine Arts has been able to expand our capabilities to give students the tools and experience to bring their creative ideas to life,” Christopher Cosner, associate professor and art and gallery director, said. “The Glowforge Pro will help students learn and craft their ideas for everything from industrial expression to artistic expression.”
Cosner thanked the FirstEnergy Foundation for its support which is “to help shape the next generation of creative and innovative industry leaders”, he said.
“One of our priorities is to strengthen educational initiatives in our communities, and we are proud to support Glenville State University and its students in the Department of Fine Arts with this grant,” said Lorna Wisham, president of the FirstEnergy Foundation.
Glenville State University’s Art and Design program is equipped with a state-of-the-art design lab with standard software and workstations and a 3D printer. The program prepares students for careers in graphic design, studio art and ceramics, illustration, digital publishing, and more.
“We are very pleased with the continued support that our friends at FirstEnergy provide to our university programs,” said college president Mark A. Manchin. “By adding this new equipment to the Design Lab, our graphic design and digital media students will be able to exercise their profession as “makers” and do so on a high-end machine. I can’t wait to see what they will create. »