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Star Store

The College of Visual and Performing Arts’ presence at the Star Store in downtown New Bedford provides students exposure to a modern urban arts complex overlooking stunning views of the New Bedford Historical National Park and the Atlantic Ocean. 


The Star Store campus features well-lit studios and galleries holding state-of-the-art equipment for 3D printing, digital printing, clay mixing, enameling, forging, papermaking, sewing, silk screening, vinyl cutting, weaving looms, and welding.

Star Store galleries

Star Store history

A former department store, the Star Store has been integral to the SouthCoast economy going back to the 19th century. Since the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ acquisition of the satellite campus in 2001, the facility has become a vital component to the creative renaissance of downtown New Bedford, hosting public events such as Art, History, and Architecture (AHA!) Nights on the third Thursday of every month.

Historical image of the Star Store in 1914

Where is the Star Store?

Located 15 minutes away from the UMass Dartmouth campus at 715 Purchase Street in New Bedford, students may take the campus shuttle to and from the Star Store for free.

Star Store on the map

Star Store is located in Downtown New Bedford. Launch interactive campus map