SCC Press Release

SCC to Dedicate Art Studio to the Late Jane Thode Walsh on Friday, April 30

Southeastern Community College will dedicate its newly-renovated art studio in honor of the late Jane Thode Walsh. The ceremony will be held in Art Studio A on SCC’s West Burlington campus at 4:30 on Friday, April 30, 2010. A new darkroom will also be dedicated to former SCC student Brandon Fields. The event is free and open to the public.

Jane Thode Walsh, who died in 2002 at the age of 87, took art classes at SCC from 1974 to 2001.  In 1992, SCC presented her with an honorary associate of arts degree.  Mrs. Walsh also served on the SCC Alumni Association Board for six years.  In honor of Mrs. Walsh’s passion for the arts and education, the Walsh family donated a property (420 N. 4th Street, Burlington) to the college with the intention that it be used in some manner to enhance SCC’s Art Program.  In January of 2010, SCC sold the property for $32,000, and the proceeds were used to renovate the old West Burlington Campus Welding Lab into an art studio.

The studio features floor space for painting and drawing easels, a ceramics work area, study tables, computer stations, and a darkroom.

The darkroom equipment was donated by former SCC student Brandon Fields.

Brandon Fields developed a passion for photography after attending several continuing education photography courses at SCC through his middle school and high school years.  After graduating from Central Lee High School in Donnellson, Iowa, Mr. Fields attended the College of DuPage’s Photography Program for two years.  He completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Photography at Columbia College in Chicago. In March, SCC featured an art showing of a collection of Fields’ photographs entitled “Be Set Free.”

Mr. Fields received a donation of eight complete darkroom stations from a K-12 school district where he taught photography classes.  Rather than sell the equipment for a substantial amount of money, Mr. Fields contacted Art Instructor John Bybee who expressed a need for the equipment and eagerly accepted the donation for SCC’s Art Program.  The two worked together over the following months to transport and install the equipment in its new home in Art Studio A.

For more information about the dedication event, contact Sherry Zeller at or (319) 208-5050.

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