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J. M. Moudy Visual Arts Building

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1980, Kevin Roche, John Dinkeloo and Associates

The university’s visual arts building, situated at the northern edge of campus, is atypical of the campus’s architecture with its reinforced concrete frames infilled with buff brick and silver reflective glazing set in thick, horizontally elongated steel frames. The diagonally faceted, glazed facade encloses an octagonal courtyard around which perimeter classrooms, exhibition space, offices, and meeting rooms are disposed. Painting and visual media studios are aligned along W. Cantey Street on the north for quality of light, while the ceramics studios, kiln, and other heavier media are located on the east, “back door” of the building. Detailing is commensurate with architect Kevin Roche’s tutelage under Eero Saarinen: utilitarian in concept, elegant and finely proportioned in execution.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "J. M. Moudy Visual Arts Building", [Fort Worth, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: East, North Central, Panhandle and South Plains, and West, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2019, 221-221.

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