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Visual Arts Complex - University of ColoradoBoulder, CO
The 148,000 gross square foot Visual Arts Complex will house the CU Art Museum and the Departments of Art and Art History for the University of Colorado. The proposed site is located in the heart of the University of Colorado, Boulder campus in the current site of the Sibel Wolle Fine Arts Building which will be demolished as a part of this project. The CU Art Museum will provide permanent exhibition spaces to showcase its collection, also known as the Colorado Collection, as significant array of more than 5,000 works of art. In its new home, the Department of Art and Art History will continue to offer diverse and interdisciplinary arts programs to its students. The museums new space will feature climate-controlled exhibition and storage spaces, permanent and changing exhibition galleries, a 200-seat auditorium for lectures and pick symposia, a collection study center and an educational workshop. The new complex will enable art and art history students and faculty to work in studio suites and classrooms with natural light, and access a visual resources center featuring a digital image database containing some 350,000 slides. The Visual Arts Complex will be the fourth major CU-Boulder project to be funded in part by an unprecedented plan that mandated additional student fees to subsidize critically needed new buildings. The project has a construction budget of $53 million and is expected to be completed in August of 2009.