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Melinda McKee
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March 4, 2014

Louisburg College Breaks Ground for Ray Hodges Fine Arts Complex

Hodges Fine Arts Complex Ground Breaking
Pictured, L-R: Will Hinton, Mark La Branche, Michael Boddie, Steve Urena, Bob Kemp, Emily Hodges, Allison Hodges Westmoreland

LOUISBURG, N.C.-Louisburg College is pleased to share that ground has been broken for an exciting building project, the expansion of the newly named Ray Hodges Fine Arts Complex.

The project, which includes a new studio addition, renovated teaching spaces, improved technology, and the return of a combined facility for art and music, represents a significant step forward for the fine arts at Louisburg College. Renovations to the existing structure began in the summer of 2012, and the addition of the new studio space is expected to open by Fall 2014.

The February 27 groundbreaking ceremony was attended by faculty, staff, and community members, as well as friends and relatives of the Hodges family. Remarks were shared by Mark La Branche, president of Louisburg College; Michael Boddie, chair of the College's board of trustees; Robert Kemp, Jr., president of Vance Construction Company and contractor for the project; Emily Hodges and Allison Hodges Westmoreland, the daughters of the late Ray and Arlene Hodges; and Will Hinton, Louisburg College professor of art. Also present was project architect Steve Urena.

Hodges Fine Arts Complex Rendering
An artist's rendering of the future studio addition to the Ray Hodges Fine Arts Complex

Hinton, who enjoyed a 30-year friendship with Louisburg College trustee Ray Hodges, had shared his plans for revamping the art building with Hodges in the fall of 2011. "Our love of the College is what bound us together," Hinton recalls. "As a fellow artist, he respected the work that I did. As a trustee, he understood both the conditions of the building I was working in, and the students I was working with."

It was this love of Louisburg College and its mission that led Hodges, a local business leader and longtime College supporter as well as trustee, to champion the project; the mantle was taken up by Ray and Arlene Hodges' daughters after their parents passed away in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Emily Hodges has also continued the family tradition as a member of Louisburg College's board of trustees, following in the footsteps of her father and grandfather.

The College wishes to express its deep gratitude to the family for their dedication in preserving this legacy through the Ray Hodges Fine Arts Complex, a facility that will foster creative inspiration for many young lives for years to come.