University of Montevallo breaks ground on $25 million Center for the Arts

University of Montevallo
A rendering shows the future 36,000-square-foot Center for the Arts at the University of Montevallo. [Photo Credit: Davis Architects]

The University of Montevallo has set the stage for a new $25 million Center for the Arts.

The Alabama university broke ground April 19 on what will be a 36,000-square-foot arts center that will include a 350-seat theater.

The facility will create a better learning environment for students pursuing disciplines in the arts. Completion is expected in August 2019.

“This facility is to create a new kind of environment that draws together students and faculty from all of the departments,” said Dr. Steven Peters, dean of the College of Fine Arts. “Our students and professors will have the opportunity for more conversations across disciplines in the arts and encourage more high quality, specific and interdisciplinary activity. This will be a creative engine for discovery and innovation.”

The Center for the Arts features will include:

  • Performance venues and hospitality space,
  • University art gallery,
  • Theatre Department offices and multipurpose classrooms and studios,
  • Multi-use digital fabrication lab,
  • Scene design and wardrobe shops along with versatile storage spaces.

“This new Center for the Arts will be a state of the art facility able to accommodate growth including up to 150 students in the fine arts programs over the next five years,” said Dr. John W. Stewart III, president of the University of Montevallo. “The cross function of disciplines under one roof will provide students with more marketable skills for their future occupations.”

Davis Architects designed the new center and TCU Consulting Services is overseeing the construction.