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Visual Arts building

 Visual Arts Studio

8342 Big Bend Blvd.


The Visual Arts building was opened in 1964 as an elementary school where Webster faculty and students could have firsthand experience with curriculum development. The College School, as it was later known, was closed after the spring semester, 1979, and reopened as an independent institution off-campus.

Business and management programs were moved to the building and resided there until the Sverdrup Complex opened in 1988. Once the space was available, the Art Department moved in and opened the Cecille R. Hunt Gallery (formerly housed in the Plymouth building). A new sculpture studio was completed in 1991.



Cantu, Leslie. (2003, February 6). Art studio has faults. The Journal, vol. 53, no. 3, p. 1-2.

Crone, Thomas. (1988, April 7-13). Awards ceremony opens 1988 Hunt exhibit. The Journal, vol. 22, no. 9, p. 1.

Elementary school building finished; performing arts center is going up. (1964, September). Webster Alumnac, vol. 3, no. 6, p. 3.

Elementary school building to be finished by autumn. (1964, May). Webster Alumnac, vol. 3, no. 4, p. 8.

Entertainment. (1991, August 29). The Journal, vol. 29, no. 1, p. 10. (Photo and brief mention of new sculpture studio).

Flynn, Damien. (1982, December 2). Big Bend building gets the business. The Journal, vol. 14, no. 11, p. 3.

Forder, Anna. (2006, March 9-22). Art building blight. The Journal, vol. 59, no. 7, p. A1, A6.

Fuemmeier, Stacey. (1993, December 2-9). Visual Art Studio: Building's attitude mirrors its students'. The Journal, vol. 34, no. 13, p. 11.

Kranz, Tammy. (2001, February 15-21). Art majors relish messy building. The Journal, vol. 49, no. 4, p. 9.