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About the Center for Fine and Performing Arts

The Center for Fine and Performing Arts opened in August 2003 at a cost of approximately $11 million as the final piece of the Galleria Complex. The five connected buildings began with the Library, and also include the Audio-Visual Classroom Center, Math-Science Center and Student Health and Activities Center, and concluded with the Center for Fine and Performing Arts.

The architecture of the 74,000 square foot Center for Fine and Performing Arts complements its artistic academic programming. The building is sculptural in shape, with geometrical curves and cylindrical elements. The main entrance opens into the Rotunda, which features a glassed, two-story circular staircase. The awe-inspiring "Owens Rings" is a suspended glass sculpture in the Rotunda, created by world-renowned artist Ray King of Philadelphia. The art features a series of six, tapered metal rings, which capture the abundant sunlight entering the Rotunda.

The 526-seat Mainstage Theatre is a venue that hosts student theatrical and musical productions as well as community performances and occasional national touring acts. The 50-seat Studio Theatre serves as a lecture hall, large ensemble rehearsal space, recital hall and black box theatre.

The performing and visual arts classrooms, practice rooms and studios offer students a creative environment to pursue their chosen field.

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