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Dedication Set for Downtown Huntington Arts Center
The Visual Arts Center is located in the old Anderson-Newcomb Co. building, which was built in 1902. It will house eight programs from the School of Art and Design.
Marshall purchased the building in 2011. The transformation cost $13 million and incorporates the original maple hardwood floors, 65,000 pounds of new steel, smart lighting, highly-efficient heating and cooling and WiFi throughout the building's six floors.
The ground floor features 2,600 square feet of retail space, which is now available for lease, and a 2,200-square-foot gallery.
Art education, art history, fibers, foundations, graphic design, painting, photography and printmaking students will study their crafts on floors two through five in interactive classrooms, spacious studios flooded with natural light and versatile flexible space to accommodate various activities.
"The students in these programs are Marshall's most creative thinkers and problem-solvers," said Don Van Horn, dean of the College of Arts and Media."Our hope is that these students will become engaged with the downtown community. That's a synergy that can change Marshall and provide endless opportunities to improve the downtown."
For instance, the textiles and fibers program will be located on the structure's second floor where the department store's original hardwood floors have been preserved. Print making facilities will be on the Third Floor.
The first floor entrance contains a gallery and retail space where students will be able to sell their works. Upper floors have "common areas" for creative collaboration.
The Sixth Floor now designated for administrative purposes contains exceptional views of downtown. Other views can be seen from the roof of the building. (All photos by Lori Wolfe for City of Huntington Communications Office).