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Center for Fine Arts

The new Center for Fine Arts will be located north of and adjacent to the new Micron Business and Economics building. It will have a significant presence along Capitol Boulevard and will serve as a companion building to Micron Business Education Building.

Plans and Funding

The facility will house the university’s acclaimed Department of Art as well as public gallery space and a high-tech, high-touch World Museum. The museum will bring arts and treasures from around the globe to Boise through cutting-edge virtual reality and immersive technology. The Fine Arts Building will allow for increased student and faculty interaction as well as anticipated program growth. The building will be five stories high and approximately 90,000 gross square feet.

This high-tech World Museum space is being envisioned as an invaluable experience for younger school children, but it also will provide unique opportunities for collaborations with other local arts institutions and for research and creative activity for Boise State students and faculty.

The $42 million project will bring all of the Department of Art’s visual art programs — history of art and visual culture, art metals, art education, ceramics, drawing and painting, graphic design, illustration, photography, printmaking, and sculpture — under one roof. Nearly 4,000 students take courses through the Department of Art, which currently is spread among several facilities throughout campus with aging studio technologies and safety equipment. The state’s Permanent Building Fund and private philanthropic donations will pay for the remainder of the building’s costs.

Parking Information

Construction will take place all hours of the day, so please use caution while in the area as construction traffic will increase significantly, especially in the beginning weeks of the project.

Earle Street will remain open to vehicle traffic, as will the east portion of the West Reserve Towers lot, which sits between the Morrison Center and Brady Street Garage. This lot can still be accessed by Earle Street and Brady Street. The access from Capitol Boulevard into the West Reserve lot will close permanently for construction and delivery access only.

Those with West Reserve permits may continue to park in the eastern portion of the lot, as well as in any other West Reserve lot, including Capital Village or Health Sciences Riverside lots.

Throughout construction, the fence line may shift for deep utility work, however, drive lanes will be created to ensure through-traffic from Earle Street into the lot. Directional signage will be placed and detours will be clearly marked.

Construction Images

Fine Arts Construction, November 2017 (aerial)

Fine Arts Construction, November 2017 (aerial)

Fine Arts Construction, November 2017 view 1

Fine Arts Construction, November 2017

Fine Arts Construction, November 2017 view 2

Fine Arts Construction, November 2017

Fine Arts Building Rendering

Scheduled to break ground in May 2017 with an estimated completion in spring 2019


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