One of several projects included in the University’s plans to revamp its Arts Grounds, Ruffin Hall was the first new building to be constructed in this area of campus since 1974. Home to the McIntire Department of Art's studio art program, the new three-story facility helps the program meet the growing demand for its courses and unites all of the studio program’s classrooms and faculty offices under one roof.
Envisioned as a “village of the arts,” Ruffin Hall features abundant natural light, wide hallways for exhibiting student and faculty work, the latest ventilation systems, and freight elevators for moving large objects. The facility houses low-maintenance studios designed specifically for the teaching of painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography, performance art, and digital media. Updated classrooms, exhibition galleries, workrooms, faculty offices, and outdoor work spaces are just some of the much-appreciated features in the new facility.