Visual Arts Center


The Nation’s Premiere 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.


Upcoming Exhibitions – Charles W. and Norma C. Carroll Gallery


Honors Portfolio Exhibition 2017: Award Winners

May 22 – June 9, 2017

Honors Portfolio is an exhibit featuring over 200 pieces of art created by middle and high school students from the Tri-State area. It celebrates the hard work and accomplishments of not only the students, but the teachers as well. This exhibit originates at the Huntington Museum of Art in full.

The School of Art & Design has invited the award winners of this annual exhibition to display their work in the Visual Arts Center during the summer months. The 2017 selected juror was Melissa Yungbluth, Gallery Director, School of Art & Design, Marshall University.

Please join us on the evening of Tuesday, May 23 from 6:30-7:30 to celebrate these talented young artists! Refreshments will be served.

  • Artist Reception: Tuesday, May 23, 2017     6:30-7:30pm

Govenor’s School for the Arts Exhibition

Communities Collaborating Through the Arts

July 13 and 14, 2017

In 1994, under the leadership of Governor Gaston Caperton and State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Henry Marockie, the West Va. Governor’s School for the Arts(GSA) was created. Initiated through the efforts of First Lady Rachel Worby, the first GSA at Fairmont State College proved to be a Mecca for 63 accomplished and growing young artists in the areas of dance, instrumental music, theatre and the visual arts. GSA broadened the curriculum to include vocal music, creative writing and digital media was introduced.  The number of students has increased through the years to 112.

Now, in 2016, the school moves to Marshall University.  Dr. Maribea Barnes, professor of art education at Marshall, will serve as dean.


A writing by the artist:

These works are things made through the hand drawing of a single magazine fragment at a time. This is important because of how it speaks about working class ethos, and a belief that things containing “hard work” have more validity.

The imagery is recollection heavy, brimming with the impossible to forget: economic scarcity and rural isolation, and their counterbalance – magnificent, faraway-produced stuff, music and otherwise, that we found our escapes in.

While this work reflects numerous particulars about it’s author, it does not make any statements – except perhaps to remind us that there are too many references, too many connections, too many feelings, and you can’t include it all.

In a sense, I’m attempting to draw my mind.


If you are interested in submitting a proposal for an exhibition at the Charles W. and Norma C. Carroll Gallery, please use Exhibition Proposal.  The gallery dimensions are available here.