Marshall University School of Art and Design Visual Arts Center

The nation’s premier center for the visual arts

Housing eight programs from the School of Art & 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 educationart historyfibersfoundations, graphic design, paintingphotography and printmaking students will study and create throughout interactive spaces from the second through the sixth floors. 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.

Grand Opening Exhibition

We ART Marshall

September 18 – November 7
Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm

The We ART Marshall show is the inaugural exhibition for the Visual Arts Center Gallery and features works by artists and arts educators that have made a significant contribution to the School of Art & Design over the years.

Work by faculty, students, alumni, and friends of the School of Art & Design will be exhibited throughout the academic areas on floors 2-6 of the Visual Arts Center These works will be on public view during Community Tours on Friday, September 19, 5-8 pm.

Opening Reception: Friday, September 19, 4-5 pm

Art and Design Alumni and Friends, help us fill the Visual Arts Center with artwork during its opening celebration! We invite you to propose works of art that will join those by current faculty and students on display throughout  the academic areas of the Visual Arts Center.

Building Hours

  • Open weekdays from 8am – 4pm
  • Swipe card access until 10pm weekdays
  • Swipe card access from 2pm – 10pm on Saturdays and Sundays