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Ribbon Cutting of Marshall University College of Arts and Media.

Marshall University hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony this afternoon for the Visual Arts Center on 3rd Avenue. 
The Visual Arts Center is located in the old Anderson-Newcomb Co. building, which was built in 1902. It will house eight programs from the School of Art and Design.
Marshall purchased the building in 2011. The transformation cost $13 million and incorporates the original maple hardwood floors, 65,000 pounds of new steel, smart lighting, highly-efficient heating and cooling and WiFi throughout the building's six floors.
The ground floor features 2,600 square feet of retail space, which is now available for lease, and a 2,200-square-foot gallery that will be open to the public.
Art education, art history, fibers, foundations, graphic design, painting, photography and printmaking students will study their crafts on floors two through five in interactive classrooms, spacious studios flooded with natural light and versatile flexible space to accommodate various activities. The sixth floor will be for administrative offices.
"The students in these programs are Marshall's most creative thinkers and problem-solvers," said Don Van Horn, dean of the College of Arts and Media. "Our hope is that these students will become engaged with the downtown community. That's a synergy that can change Marshall and provide endless opportunities to improve the downtown."
Approximately 200 Marshall students now are majoring in various visual arts programs.
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