LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming's new Visual Arts Building will be dedicated Friday morning.

Located just east of the Centennial Complex that houses the UW Art Museum, the 79,000-square foot facility expands teaching space and provides additional rooms for student projects.

The facility offers teaching studios and spaces for art history, ceramics, drawing, foundations of art, graphics, painting, printmaking, sculpture and small metals. It also provides administrative offices, a large student commons area, a gallery to exhibit students' work and to support the Visiting Artists Program, and a large lecture room for art classes and other programs.

The UW Department of Art moved into the new building during winter break, and classes are being offered there this semester.