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Opinions on rebuilding UI art buildings

IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- The Iowa Board of Regents is supporting a plan to rebuild some flood-damaged buildings on the University of Iowa campus.

Last week, they approved a recommendation to rebuild Hancher Auditorium and the Art Building at new locations.

Art classes are being temporarily held an the old Menards building on highway one several miles away from the flood-damaged buildings.

The University of Iowa Fine Arts Council held the Riverbank Art Fair in Hubbard park Sunday.  Many in attendance say believe the new art building needs to be closer to campus.

"Any consideration of using it for permanent use would lend the appearance of desperation or the appearance that art isn't that important.  That art should be something that you use a left over building for, to put it in there that it has a low priority as far as value aesthetically, financially, and socially to the community," said Iowa City painter Angela Morgan.

"They're doing as much to accommodate each room, but still its nothing compared to an art classroom.  It's kind of difficult and its just kind of overwhelming just being in a really big place with really high ceilings and the rooms are made out of basically just giant cubicles.  It's not really the greatest environment to study in," said UI Art Minor Hilary Leigh.

New buildings are estimated to cost more than $300 million.  University officials will have more details about possible locations after the Board of Regent's meeting in June.

Online Producer: Jackie Manternach

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