We already have an outstanding Center for the Performing Arts with a world-class Concert Hall and Proscenium Theatre that opened in 2001.
In 2014, after working in a wonderful collaboration with the Town of Normal, we completed and opened our main University Galleries exhibition space in a prime Uptown Normal location.
Now, the College of Fine Arts is embarking on a very special building project to improve its instructional facilities and create an integrated Fine Arts Training Complex housing professional programs in visual arts, music, theatre and dance, and arts technology, involving a combination of renovation, demolition and new construction.
The current buildings in which Fine Arts does most of its training have major challenges. Most of them were not designed for their current use, and most are draining exhorbitent amounts of repair dollars each year just to keep them safe and functional.
With the outstanding Concert Hall, Theatre, and Gallery spaces, we are able to focus this project on classrooms, studios, shops, rehearsal halls, clinic spaces, and otherwise creating a wonderful fine arts intellectual community. We look forward to having the proper training facilities to match the outstanding fine arts education that occurs here every day.
We've been working with the architectural team and have a successful project analysis. We are currently working on schematics and design.
As of Spring, 2015, the program phase has been completed, and we have an idea of how the project will be shaped.
The project will include:
Project will be done in phases, with new additions built first, then move into those, and then continue with renovation, etc.
We'll continue to update this site as we have more information.
On February 21, 2013, Governor Quinn announced the long-anticipated support of the State of Illinois for this project. The state will be providing $54.25 million toward this project.