The recent opening of the Visual Arts Building is the latest in a string of capital facilities projects that have helped transform the face of campus at the University of Wyoming.
Private donations and legislative appropriations have fueled a building boom at UW, including several brand-new facilities with state-of-the-art classrooms and research areas to bolster instruction and learning. Since 2005, UW has added and renovated more than 1 million square feet of building space, at a cost of about $325 million, with more under construction and in planning.
The 79,000-square-foot Visual Arts Building, located at 22nd Street and Willett Drive near the Centennial Complex, provides expanded teaching studios and spaces for art history, ceramics, drawing, foundations of art, graphics, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and small metals. In addition, the facility includes administrative offices, a student commons area, a gallery for exhibiting students’ work and to support the Visiting Artists Program and a lecture room.
The next wave of capital construction at UW includes the Energy Innovation Center, a 30,000-square-foot facility that will serve as home to the School of Energy Resources upon its scheduled opening in September; the townhome-style Bison Run Village student housing complex east of War Memorial Stadium that will open this fall; and the Michael B. Enzi STEM Undergraduate Laboratory Facility, which is scheduled for groundbreaking this year.
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As department head, Ricki Klages played an integral role in the design and development of the university's new Visual Arts Building, a 79,000-square-foot, two-story building that opened in December near the Centennial Complex at 22nd Street and Willett Drive.
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