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Leaders celebrate opening of ASU Fine Arts Facility

Members of the Albany community toured the Fine Arts Center at ASU on Tuesday. (Source: WALB) Members of the Albany community toured the Fine Arts Center at ASU on Tuesday. (Source: WALB)
The university said the opening of the building was thanks to a number of different people. (Source: WALB) The university said the opening of the building was thanks to a number of different people. (Source: WALB)
Dr. Marcia Hood is the chair of the visual and performing arts program. (Source: WALB) Dr. Marcia Hood is the chair of the visual and performing arts program. (Source: WALB)
Dr. Art Dunning is the president of Albany State University. (Source: WALB) Dr. Art Dunning is the president of Albany State University. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Officials at Albany State University unveiled the finished product of a highly anticipated project Tuesday morning. 

Construction on the Fine Arts building wrapped up a few months ago. 

The opening of the fine arts center is something ASU's President Dr. Art Dunning has been working very hard on. 

In an interview, he said it's his proudest accomplishment. 

Construction on the $19 million facility started about two years ago. 

It is now home to nine studios, 16 classrooms and 12 teaching studios as well as office space. 

State and local leaders helped in the efforts to get the building on campus, including Senator Freddie Powell Sims who spoke at the celebration. 

The facility is going to be used for both students and the community. 

It's expected to attract people to the area.

Chair of Visual and Performing Arts Dr. Marcia Hood said the college's music society is hosting a conference in the facility in February. 

"We have just a lot of energy going. And I think the energy of both faculty and students has just risen to a point where everybody wants to be wonderful and everybody wants to produce at their highest capacity," said Hood.

During Tuesday's ceremony, ASU dedicated the art gallery to World War II Veteran and retired ASU Professor Arthur R. Berry. He founded the ASU Art Department years ago. 

Officials also dedicated the recital hall to Leroy E. Bynum. He was a voice and opera professor at ASU. It was also under his leadership that plans for the Fine Arts Center initially began. 

Dr. Dunning said he looks forward to seeing how the facility will impact students in the future. 

"I'm very not into the things that are just in the moment, but things that will have generational responses and this is what this building will do," said Dunning.

Dr. Dunning told members of the Albany community on Tuesday that the future of ASU and the future of Albany are deeply connected. He said in his travels he's seen that when a college or university can get deep synergy with the city, good things will happen for both parties. 

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