Boise State University - Center for the Visual Arts

Arts As A Gateway To Campus

The Center for the Visual Arts at Boise State University is a new 98,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility that exemplifies the University’s commitment to the arts.

Located on the west edge of campus along Capitol Boulevard, between the Morrison Center for the Performing Arts and the Micron Business and Economics Building, the University envisioned the Center for the Visual Arts as a pivotal cultural link and gateway between the campus and its community.

Consolidating visual arts disciplines previously scattered across campus, the program includes 2D and 3D disciplines, critique spaces, public exhibit galleries, and faculty and administrative offices. Three main programmatic elements shape the massing: a tall art studio wing clad in limestone and glazed on the north, providing expansive views to the Boise River and Downtown; a two-story exhibition gallery wing clad in blue stainless steel; and a highly transparent Lobby Commons that serves as the light-filled connective tissue between the two.

From the outset, the University envisioned the Center for the Visual Arts as a way to elevate its regional and national profile. The design serves as a critical gateway into campus, welcoming students as they head to class and community members as they pass along Capitol Boulevard. With an inspiring new identity, the building puts visual arts at Boise State on par with facilities at leading institutions and becomes a signature campus gateway reaching out to the community beyond.


Boise, ID

Building Type

Visual Arts


98,000 SF

  • 2020 Project of the Year - Idaho Business Review
  • 2020 People's Choice, Public - Idaho Business Review
  • 2020 Best Overall Project - Building Excellence Awards, City of Boise

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