Visual Arts Center
Housing eight programs from the School of Art and Design, the six floor Visual Arts Center stands to bridge Huntington’s historic downtown and the future of Marshall University.
Marshall University’s Visual Arts Center in downtown Huntington paints a picture of old meets new: The site of the VAC, once the historic Anderson-Newcomb Co. building, was built in 1902 — the same year Marshall began its visual arts program.
The $13 million transformation to remarkable, world-class visual arts facility incorporates of the building’s original hardwood floors with 65,000 pounds of new steel, smart lighting, highly-efficient heating and cooling and Wi-Fi throughout.
Lined with spectacular glass, the street-view of the 66,000-square-foot building is directly adjacent to Huntington’s Pullman Square. The ground floor features retail space and a 2,200-square-foot gallery with upwards of 150 feet of linear display space.
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 structure is capped with sixth-floor administrative space and a picturesque view of downtown and six blocks of the Old Main Corridor that leads to Marshall’s main campus.