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UT Martin Dedicates New Fine Arts Building

By Krystyna Biassou
By kbiassou@wbbjtv.com

The president of the University of Tennessee was in Martin Friday to dedicate the school's new fine arts building.

President Joe DiPietro and Chancellor Tom Rakes attended the ribbon-cutting that took place Friday afternoon.

The $14 million renovation expands the previously 52,000 square foot fine arts building to 112,000 square feet. The building houses labs and rooms to accommodate the growing music, art and theatre program.

More than 15 classrooms and 20 practice rooms were included in the renovation. A new percussion rehearsal room, graphic arts lab and black box theater were also added.

Students will return to classes in the Fine Arts Building on August 26. The building has been vacant for renovations since 2009.

Plans are underway for Phase Two of this project, which is a renovation of the Harriet Fulton Theater.
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