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Photos: UNR Arts Building Officially Opens (Subscriber Content)


Friday the 22nd was the official opening of the much anticipated University of Nevada, Reno Arts Building. To celebrate this, a lavish open house was held with food, drinks, and live performances. The night went perfectly with large crowds exploring the new building and enjoying art and music on every level.

The University Arts Building is incredibly important to the culture of students at UNR. With the opening of the new building, the community continues to grow its leadership role in arts education in northern Nevada. The building is open for all of the public to now explore. Stop by and discover new art at the Lilley Museum located inside, attend one of the several concerts to be held there in the near future, or simply enjoy the modern architecture.

Tamara Scronce, director of the School of the Arts in the College of Liberal Arts, commented, “The new building connects to the Church Fine Arts building through a walkway that bridges the legacy of our founders to the newest chapter of the visual and performing arts at the University of Nevada, Reno.”

Having been in construction since 2016, students have been long awaiting the opening of the arts building. A large number of students were in attendance of the opening. Some were performing in the new spaces designed for optimum sound quality. Others were simply seeing what was being offered. Nonetheless, all were buzzing with excitement regarding the new serene study spaces and future events.

Often in schools, arts education isn’t valued as much as other areas of study. The University wanted to ensure this phenomenon wouldn’t occur. Northern Nevada is known in the state for its advanced art programs and museums. This new building adds to the already impressive list of accomplishments.

The University Arts Building is a welcomed new addition to the beautiful University of Nevada, Reno campus. It features a 287-seat recital hall, a new art museum, fabrication lab, electroacoustic lab, soundproof rehearsal spaces, music practice rooms, faculty office spaces, and a recording studio.

In a nutshell, any art related activity one could think of will have a new home at the University Arts Building. New talents and art will be showcased in this building, so don’t miss out and join the community in celebrating arts education.

Kylie Masznicz
Kylie Masznicz
Kylie Masznicz is a recent graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, where she studied English with a concentration in writing with a minor in Communication Studies. She writes culture pieces for ThisIsReno, but her work has also been featured on Broadway Baby and Brushfire Literature & Arts Journal. Her goal is to write a novel. She enjoys art of all forms, but chooses to express her own creativity through writing, music, and nail art. She also collects Christmas sweaters and has enough to wear one everyday from Thanksgiving to New Years.