Campaign Phases

Watershed has created a master plan for campus improvements that includes fully accessible, sustainable, and cost-efficient facilities. We have already made significant progress toward our goal and are poised to move forward with the construction of a new studio building.


Phase I: Project planning, feasibility study and conceptual facility designs, 2015-2017

Phase 2: Purchase and renovation of the Joan Pearson Watkins House, 2018-2019 

  • This fully restored building holds Watershed’s Barkan Gallery, which offers year-round exhibition, lecture, and event space. Watershed’s administrative offices and retail shop are also located in the house.

Phase 3: Construction of the Studio Annex, 2020

  • The Annex includes flexible space for adjunct programs, material storage, and maintenance work. 

Happening NOW:

Phase 4: New Windgate Studio building, 2020-2021

  • The studio’s flexible design enables construction to be completed in stages.The initial building stage includes all core components and sets the stage for seamless additions as the project continues. 
  • Construction begins in fall 2020
  • Studio opens in June 2021 

In Development: 

Phase 5: Campus Commons design and construction, 2022-2023

  • The Commons will replace the existing Thompson Hall. The plan includes comfortable dining facilities, a commercial kitchen, and weatherized housing for staff.


Help Watershed continue these important projects!


Header image: detail of work by 2017 Watershed artist-in-residence Kelly Donahue