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November 19, 2008

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
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The University of Texas at Tyler

UT Tyler Builds New Fine Arts Complex

Fine Arts Complex color design

The University of Texas at Tyler is building a new facility to further enhance art studies, President Rodney H. Mabry announced.

The $7 million fine arts complex will provide an additional 29,000 square-footage surrounding the existing art studio on the main campus. It also will feature a 100-seat lecture hall, studio work spaces and department offices.

“The addition will address the much needed space the department was previously lacking and centralize both areas,” said Gary Hatcher, professor and Department of Art and Art History chair. “It’s all about making the best learning environment here for current and future art students. President Mabry has been very supportive of this, and Gregg Lassen, vice president for business affairs, has been really instrumental in bringing this together.”

Construction began in September 2008, and the facility is expected to open fall 2010.

“The University of Texas at Tyler and its friends partnered to make this new fine arts complex more than a vision, and now we are celebrating great things to come. Providing state-of-the-art facilities will help launch our graduates into immediate careers and into top graduate programs around the country,” said Dr. Alisa White, College of Arts and Sciences dean.

The Department of Art and Art History is part of the UT Tyler College of Arts and Sciences. Programs of study are offered for students pursuing careers in art as well as those seeking to complement other areas of study with expanded knowledge and ability in visual art.

For more information, contact Hatcher, 903.566.7486 or ghatcher@uttyler.edu.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. Nearly 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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