The Roycroft Campus is proud to announce the establishment of The Jerry & Barbara Castiglia Art Center located in the historic Print Shop. The Castiglia Art Center will provide a venue for the creation of visual arts on the Roycroft Campus, offering open studio space for artists to create artwork, exhibit, gather and conduct classes. Affordable membership and day pass options will help keep this new community resource accessible to all.
The project’s benefactor, Barbara Castiglia, invested $100,000 to build out the space and equip it with tables, easels, sinks, lockers and other needs. She has also committed to supporting the operating costs for the first six years, with hopes that the center will be self-sustaining at the end of that period.
“My family has always loved the Roycroft and I am happy to invest in this new artist space,” said Mrs. Castiglia. “While there are several art centers in Western New York, most are in the Northtowns. East Aurora and the surrounding towns are very art-focused and I wanted to create a place for artists to congregate, create, teach and exhibit their work. I think the Roycroft is a wonderful home for a new art center and hope many artists will benefit!”
“We are proud that the Castiglia family has chosen the Roycroft Campus as the location for this endeavor and are extremely grateful to Barbara Castiglia for her generosity and vision,” said Roycroft Campus Executive Director Curt Maranto. “Jerry Castiglia was a respected Roycroft Campus board member and we are honored to help preserve his legacy through this project. One of the main intents behind our purchase of the Print Shop building was to bring artists back to the Campus, and while we have done that to some extent with the addition of artist studios and a press room used for demos and classes, the new Castiglia Art Center will bring that vision to life in a much more dynamic way.”
The Castiglia Art Center will be open to the public on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursdays from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Day passes are available for $5. Annual membership options start at $25 for students and $50 for individuals, and include free options for art organizations and instructors. A key holder membership offers open access 24/7.