University Arts Building
The University of Nevada, Reno and the School of the Arts are expanding their roles and footprint on campus and in the community. The new University Arts Building will be connected to the Church Fine Arts building through a sky-walk. It will enhance the quality of music and art programs with new spaces that will inspire creativity and artistic excellence. A new recital hall, art museum, fabrication lab, multiple rehearsal and practice rooms, and teaching studios will support students and staff in producing their best work.
The building will amplify the role of the arts within the community, while at the same time increase the public's accessibility to world-class performances and exhibitions. Continued growth in students and the addition and expansion of arts programs has led to the need for the new facility.
Commencement of the new arts building began May 22, 2017, with completion expected fall of 2018. For behind-the-scenes updates, follow the School of the Art Facebook page.
Scholarly, creative and instructional efforts within the College of Liberal Arts produce some of the most visible connections between the campus and surrounding community. The University wants to further enhance the arts presence on campus and in the community by expanding the number of artistic performances and exhibitions. By promoting and cultivating the University's arts programs in this manner, the University will strengthen its leadership role in arts education in northern Nevada and continue to showcase top student and professional performances and exhibits in music, theatre, dance and art.
The new building will further the University's connection to the Reno community and create a model of cooperation that also will positively affect the region's economic impact.
The project is starting construction and expected to feature a 287-seat recital hall, a new art museum, fabrication lab, electroacoustic lab, soundproof rehearsal spaces, music practice rooms, faculty office spaces and a recording studio.
The facility will be located just east of Church Fine Arts off North Virginia Street, in the west/central part of campus. It will connect to Church Fine Arts via a sky-walk. The building will be situated northeast of the Virginia Street Gym and south of the Fitzgerald Student Services Building.
The new three-story facility will be about 42,500 square feet. Estimated timeline is anticipated to take about 16 months to complete.
Cost for the University Arts Building is about $35.5 million.
Funding for the new building will be a combination of private philanthropy and University funds.
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