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A Transparent Look For MassArt's New Huntington Building

The exterior of Massachusetts College of Art and Design's new building. (Richard Barnes)
The exterior of Massachusetts College of Art and Design's new building. (Richard Barnes)
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On Tuesday, the Massachusetts College of Art and Design is christening its new $40.4 million, 40,000-square-foot building on Huntington Avenue.

The glass facade of MassArt's three-story Design and Media Center has already altered the look of the school's stretch on Huntington Avenue, known by some as “the Avenue of the Arts.”

President Designate David Nelson says the state-of-the-art facility will help the country's first and only public art school update its identity.

“It is a new front door to the institution, and a new face,” Nelson said. “I think it will really help the institution to really become everything that it needs to be in the 21st century.”

MassArt's approximately 2,000 students will now have access to gleaming new studios, workshops, galleries, lecture halls and a public plaza.

Inside the new building on Huntington Avenue (Courtesy of Richard Barnes)
Inside the new building on Huntington Avenue (Courtesy of Richard Barnes)
An interior view of the new MassArt building (Courtesy of Richard Barnes)
An interior view of the new MassArt building (Courtesy of Richard Barnes)

Andrea Shea Twitter Senior Arts Reporter
Andrea Shea is WBUR's arts reporter.

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