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Photo Gallery: Glassell School Of Art’s New Building Unveiled

The building’s opening is the latest in a massive expansion effort by the Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Walking in to the new Glassell School of Art building on the Museum of Fine Arts Houston campus, you are immediately faced with a giant, imposing staircase made of raw concrete, an expanse of open space, and natural light pouring into the building.

“People don’t take the elevator. They want to explore and the stairs are a dynamic experience,” said Chris McVoy, an architect who helped design the building. McVoy said the building is meant to connect everyone taking classes with the school in one place — from grade school kids to graduate students.

“There’s 35 studios total in this building but as you move through it it always feels open,” McVoy said. “The hope is an inspirational environment for young artists, future artists, developing artists, to think big, dream big, and be inspired.”

The “L”-shaped building defines a plaza with fountains, green space, an ampitheater, and a sitting area. Visitors to the school are also able to make space of green space on the roof of the building.

Classes in the new building begin this summer. Officials with the Museum of Fine Arts Houston say pre-enrollment with the Glassell School has gone up 40% with the building opening.

The building’s opening is the latest in a massive expansion effort by the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. The full expansion, including the Glassell School, the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building, and Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation Center for Conservation are expected to be completed in 2020.

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