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Utah State University plans to build art education and research center

June 12, 2023
The construction project on the Logan campus will be adjacent to the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art

Utah State University is scheduled to break ground next week on its Logan campus for the new Wanlass Center for Art Education and Research.

The Cache Valley Daily reports that the 9,450 square-foot facility, adjacent to the university's Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art (NEHMA), will provide visitors a sense of what museums do behind the scenes.

The ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday, June 20 at 2 p.m.

Museum Executive Director Katie Lee-Koven says the new structure will enable people to understand what museum is doing to address future growth of the collection.

“The 21st century museum should be a multi-faceted experience, and we envision the new facility as a complementary space that takes learning about art and collections to new levels,” she said.

The new center will include a research library, a study center with an open classroom, visible collection storage to display artworks for classes or groups to access, and a multi-purpose studio classroom for art-making projects for K-12, USU courses and community classes.

The Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art was founded in 1982 through a gift from the Nora Eccles Treadwell Foundation. The collection consists of over 5,000 artworks.

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