New visual arts center under construction at Casper College

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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) – If you pass Casper College, you’ll definitely notice that the Dick and Marialyce Tobin Visual Arts Center is under construction. The building started as a simple idea many years ago, but is now becoming a reality.

“It’s really exciting to see this building come to fruition because the new visual arts building has been discussed for years,” said Valerie Innella Maiers, professor of art history at Casper College.

The building will include different industrial workspaces, studios and classrooms to help students master different techniques and manipulations. The space is arranged to allow students to mix media more effectively.

“Really, this new building gives us this space for students to grow and pursue their aesthetics and develop their skills in an accessible environment,” Maiers said.

The students say they are delighted that this new building takes into account their educational needs.

“I’m really glad they told the teachers about it and it wasn’t just we had this business, they’re doing this, taking care of it,” said Casper College student Mindy Roney.

Perhaps one of the most unique parts of the new Visual Arts Center is that it will house the Casper College art collection. The Foundation’s collection consists of more than 400 works, and in this building they will be safely stored.

“We will have the appropriate humidity and temperature and facilities to not only house the work in perpetuity to protect it for future generations, but also the space to prepare it for exhibitions,” Maiers said.

The building has a minimalist design so that students and community members have the opportunity to create their own legacy and exhibit their work.

“It’s really going to be an environment that opens up more exploration of the arts,” Maiers said.

The building is expected to open this fall.

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