New Visual Arts Building Open at UAFS

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FORT SMITH (KFSM) -- The new visual arts building opened at the University of Arkansas campus in Fort Smith Thursday (Sept. 3).

Hundreds of students are studying at the multi-million dollar Windgate Art and Design Building that includes artwork from national and international artists and of course work done by art students at UAFS. There are also sculptures and artwork outside the building.

The first floor of the Windgate building includes a gallery and theater. The classrooms are located on the upper floors.

Paul Hankins, the dean of the college, said the new building is now the focal point of the campus.

"It demonstrates the commitment that UAFS has to providing the best environment we can for our students," he said.

Crews began constructing the building in April 2014 after UAFS received a $15.5 million grant from the Windgate Foundation in Siloam Springs. A ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate the new facility will be held at 6 p.m. The public is invited to take a tour of the new building.