Ophelia Parrish Fine Arts Center

Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri (2003)

Photography above by Dale Photographics

Ophelia Parrish Fine Arts Center

Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri (2003)

 

The 128,000 square foot Fine Arts Center is a renovation and addition that serves all of the university’s fine arts disciplines visual arts, music, and theater. The project called for renovating an existing, but mostly empty, laboratory building on the University’s quadrangle and adding 74,000 square feet worth of new construction.  The decision to renovate was made in order to maintain the quadrangle’s historic architecture; make the fine arts visible and accessible at the center of the campus; and make the best use of the University’s architectural and financial resources. 

The renovated building houses the visual arts, general campus classrooms and division offices.  The art wing, located in renovated space with partial demolition new construction infill, includes studios for drawing, painting, woodworking, ceramics, sculpture, metal work, photography, graphics, and printmaking.  Critique spaces are located within public circulation areas that can be used for informal, spontaneous gatherings at other times.  An old gymnasium was renovated into an art gallery which provides exhibit space for a variety of media.  The addition  also includes a 350-seat courtyard theater, scene shops, rehearsal spaces, classrooms, green rooms, black box theater and faculty offices. The music component includes a 500-seat teaching performance hall, rehearsal spaces and 28 music/teaching faculty offices and computer labs.

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