The Art of Building:
Creating an Arts District at Kennesaw State
The Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center boasts an acoustically superb 624-seat performance hall with variable acoustics that may be optimally configured for musical presentations, superior live audio reproduction, digital multi-track recording and live video streaming.
Home to the School of Music, the Center hosts over 150 performances each year in addition to rehearsals, seminars, recording sessions, and master classes for KSU music students and faculty. The facility also houses the 3,600-square-foot Eric and Gwendolyn Brooker Rehearsal Hall, acoustically isolated from the performance hall but integrated in the facility’s audio recording and communications infrastructure.
The Center leads into the Hernandez Atrium, the Malinda Jolley Mortin Gallery, and the Ruth V. Zuckerman Pavilion of the newly opened Zuckerman Museum of Art.
The Music Building houses music classrooms, a music technology classroom, studios, practice rooms and the intimate Music Recital Hall.
The Joe Mack Wilson Building is home to numerous classrooms, music studios, a theatre technology classroom, and the offices of the Dean of the College of the Arts, the Department of Music and the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies.
The Wilson Building is also home to the Zuckerman Museum of Art’s Fine Arts Gallery; it regularly features student exhibitions and the Annual Art Faculty Exhibition.
Next to the Fine Arts Gallery is the 320-seat Howard Logan Stillwell Theater, a contemporary proscenium theatre with the option of an orchestra pit or an extended apron. It features a computer controlled lighting system and a state-of-the-art sound system.
The Studio Theater, located next to the Stillwell, is an intimate laboratory theatre used for classes and experimental and contemporary productions.
The Onyx Theatre, a black box theatre used for smaller productions, is located in The Wilson Annex. The Wilson Annex also includes music studios, student practice rooms, and a black box theatre.
The stunning Visual Arts Building houses classrooms, computer graphics labs, and the Department of Visual Arts office. The building also houses spacious studios for painting, drawing, ceramics, photography and printmaking, as well as a large outdoor sculpture studio.
The Department of Dance boasts a state-of-the-art dance facility at Chastain Pointe. The 16,000-square-foot facility houses three large dance studios, faculty offices, student lounge, shower and restroom facilities, a classroom, a costume shop and a scene shop. The main studio, one of the largest studios in metro Atlanta, is fully equipped with a state-of-the-art AV system, Harlequin Cascade flooring and a new Steinway Piano.
Other arts facilities include the Scene Shop at Chastain Point and the Costume Shop at KSU Center. The entire campus also boasts a large collection of outdoor sculpture for students and the community to enjoy.