Byars Hall

Byars Hall serves as a hub for the fine arts.  

The three-story building includes a classroom for Art History, studios for Painting, Drawing, and Printmaking, A darkroom and digital art lab for Photography and Graphic Design, and 2 student art galleries.Student Exhibition in Byars Hall Atrium GalleryStudent Exhibition in Byars Hall Atrium Gallery

Working in the darkroomWorking in the darkroom


Student Critique DrawingThe building is the oldest academic structure on the Emory & Henry campus, with most of the current structure having been built in 1889. Fire destroyed two buildings previously located on the same site. The first of those was a boarding house designed by Col. William Byars, one of the college’s founders, and constructed in 1836–37. To honor Byars’ contributions to the life of Emory & Henry, the building bears his name.