Siloam Springs, Ark (January 9, 2004) - On Monday, Jan. 12, 2004, the John Brown University Arts & Digital Media building will open its doors to students. Over 170 undergraduate students are enrolled in digital media, graphic design, and illustration courses that will meet in the updated facility. JBU spent $2.3 million to drastically remodel the three-floor, 18,000 square-foot building originally built in 1958. Now designed to serve JBU's rapidly growing graphic design and digital media programs, the facility served as the university's science building for over 40 years. In 2002, JBU completed the new William H. Bell Science Hall. The completely modernized first floor houses an art gallery with gallery lighting, display columns, wall mounts, and an individual security system. This new gallery will significantly expand JBU's ability to host art exhibits for students and the local community. Artist Timothy Botts will present the gallery's inaugural exhibit, April 1 - May 8. Works from DaySpring artists will be on display Jan. 29 - Feb.27 and student works will be on display March 1 - 12. In addition to the art gallery, two graphic design classrooms are equipped with instructional computers, video equipment, bulletin boards, and large butcher-block tables. A multi-media theater style classroom will allow students to present digital media projects. The second floor is home to a drawing room, a painting room and faculty offices. A newly added third floor houses two computer labs. The 20-station PC lab will be used by digital media students. Graphic design and illustration majors will be the primary users of a 24-station G5 Mac lab. John Brown University's unique program in digital media focuses on innovation in the field while maintaining a strong emphasis on traditional artistic and academic disciplines. Students can specialize in computer animation, digital cinema, or interactive authoring. The graphic design and illustration program prepares students for careers in publication design, editorial illustration, television and video graphics, and graphic design. With state-of-the-art computers and software programs, students will gain valuable real-world training in their fields. John Brown University is a top-tier, private university, ranked 11th by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls more than 1,800 students from 42 states and 45 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the national Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.