Slideshow: Boise State Cuts Ribbon on New Center for the Visual Arts 

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Harrison Berry

It was in May of 2017 that Boise Weekly told readers about a groundbreaking for Boise State University's Center for the Visual Arts. After nearly 18 months, the monumental, $48 million project is complete, and on Oct. 3, Boise State leaders cut the ribbon on the new arts facility, but even before that, the school has begun to see interest in arts-related studies grow.

"We are seeing something of an influx of students in [ceramics and photography] classes," said Boise State School of the Arts Director Kathleen Keys during a tour.

Keys said there are approximately 400 students whose areas of study will place them in the new Center for the Visual Arts, but speculated that up to one in five Boise State students will eventually take classes there, whether as part of their primary coursework or as an elective.

While it's still too early to say exactly what impact the new building will have on student life, it's already being hailed as state of the art, and faculty and staff were quick to acknowledge that it will consolidate arts education on campus.

In the metalwork shop, an enclosed storage area will prevent art theft; in the ceramics unit, three new kilns, nicknamed "mama and the twins," will increase firing capacity; and in the wood shop, rationalized waste disposal and ventilation will keep the area clean and safeā€”and it was there in the wood shop that Gia Strang raised bringing the various departments within arts under one roof.

"Now, everybody's all together," she said.
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