Visual Arts Center
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Designed by renowned Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta, the Visual Arts Center is the first large institutional work of architecture to depart from Santa Fe's pervasive Pueblo Style. Hailed as one of the best educational designs in America, the Visual Arts Center is home to state-of-the-art darkrooms, important rare book collections, a sensitively day-lit gallery, living quarters, and studios.
Conceived as a series of cloisters, the Visual Arts Center simultaneously pays homage to ecclesiastical and Hispanic architecture. Latin American Baroque Church references are enhanced by minimalist detailing and a profusion of color that accentuates the rich, clear, bright desert light.
The Visual Arts Center accommodates the college;s undergraduate art history and studio departments and the Santa Fe Art Institute, an independent foundation that invites prominent artists for short-term residencies.