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.

VAC gallery1Marshall 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.VAC gallery_Dierdorff

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

August 24-October 30

This exhibition is made possible through funding from the Joan C. Edwards Distinguished Professor in the Arts Endowment and the College of Arts and Media

Artist Reception: Monday, October 26, VAC Gallery 4:30-6:30pm
Artist Talk: Wednesday, October 28, VAC room 209, 5:30pm

Group I: November 9 -12
– Opening Reception, Monday, November 9, 5-7pm

Group II: November 16-19
– Opening Reception, Monday, November 16, 5-7pm

Group III: November 30 – December 3
– Opening Reception, Monday, November 30, 5-7pm

If you are interested in submitting a proposal for an exhibition at the Visual Arts Center Gallery, please use Exhibition Proposal.  The gallery dimensions are available here.

Building Hours

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