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.

Upcoming Exhibitions

4th Annual National Juried Exhibition
January 15-February 20

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 15, 5-7pm
Juror’s talk: Thursday, February 5, 4pm, VAC room 209

Brooks Dierdorff
March 6-April 7

Opening Reception: Friday, March 6, 5-7pm
Artist Talk: Thursday, March 5, 4:30pm VAC room 209

BFA Capstone Exhibitions
Group 1, April 13-16
Group 2, April 20-23
Group 3, April 27-30

All Opening Receptions for Capstone Exhibitions take place on Mondays, 5-7pm.

Andra Levy: Passion of Time
Marshall University Graduate Exhibition
May 4-May 8

Closing Reception: Friday, May 8, 5-7pm

Building Hours

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