Approves $9 Million Studio Art Building At U.Va.
10, 2000 -- University of Virginia officials are
delighted that the state budget approved by the General Assembly
today includes significant funding for its top building priority.
million dollars in general funds were approved over the next two
years to construct a studio art building, the Universitys
first new arts building in more than 25 years. The art department
currently is housed in Fayerweather Hall, a 19th century
gymnasium converted to classroom and studio space in the 1930s.
General Assembly also authorized $400,000 to continue planning for
the renovation of the handsome but dilapidated Fayerweather Hall
for the art history program. Last October, the Universitys
Board of Visitors approved design guidelines for its reconstruction.
are very pleased that the General Assembly appreciated the urgency
of this budget request," said U.Va. Rector John P. Ackerly
III. "The arts at the University of Virginia have needed new
facilities for many years. We are particularly grateful that the
Assemblys extraordinary support will make possible the cornerstone
building for a larger arts complex to be developed over the next
President John T. Casteen III said private donors are being identified
to help fund construction of a new art museum, a larger fine arts
library, new classrooms and performance space, and additions to
the drama building and the School of Architecture.
drama department chair Robert Chapel, who heads a University planning
commission on the fine and performing arts, told the Board of Visitors
last fall, "Buildings, buildings, buildings. Without them,
U.Va. doesnt have a prayer of becoming a major force in the
addition to giving our arts students a modern place to work, we
look forward to offering more inviting cultural opportunities to
the local community and, indeed, to all of Virginia," said
board member and Albemarle County resident William G. Crutchfield,
Jr. "This is an important role that the University can play
in improving the quality of life for all of us."
Louise Dudley, (804) 924-1400