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Boise State celebrates new Center for the Visual Arts

Posted: 6:19 PM, Oct 02, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-02 20:21:17-04

BOISE — With it's state of the art design, the Center for the Visual Arts will allow students to learn and grow in what officials are describing as a unique and inspiring environment.

"Just to be able to see everything and all the lovely beautiful work tables out. It's an inspiring space to work in and I'm excited to see momentum build for the program for the department as a whole," said Anika Smulovitz, art metals instructor.

The vision started in 2013.

"It's amazing, we are super blessed. We used to have everything crowded in a tiny, tiny space. We were almost touching each other and banging our heads on cabinets and now I mean, this is amazing," said Eva Kotowski, art metals student.

Initially some of the designs mimicked styles of the other buildings nearby but, the final product was designed to stand out and represent the arts.

"It's really been a thrill of a lifetime. It's very seldom that our architect has the opportunity to design a building such as this. They come along once in a million years and I take a great deal of pride that I've grown up here. I live here and this building will be here for a long time," said Scott Henson, Lobard Conrad Architects.

"State of the art, on par with major institutions across the nation is both inspiring, but also sets the standard and the bar for what you need as a professional artist in the world," said Kathleen Keys, interim director, Boise State School of the Arts.

The grand opening celebration as well as public tours will be Thursday, October 3rd 2019 from 5 to 7 p.m.