College of the Arts at Kennesaw State University
The facilities of the ever-expanding arts district at the College of the Arts are devoted exclusively to the teaching and presenting of music, theatre and performance studies, dance and visual arts.
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 90 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 Katherine Scott 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 before opening into the Bernard A. 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 Faculty Art 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 and is home to many large performances by the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies.
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 the School of Art and Design. The building is home to classrooms and 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.
Opened in March of 2017, the Dance Theater on the Marietta campus is the only one of its kind in the Atlanta area built specifically to serve the technical and performance needs of dance. This 450-seat facility serves as a home for dance in the region, providing professional standards of dance flooring, lighting, and AV technology. A unique contemporary aesthetic makes the seating, carpeting, and interior design of this facility unlike any other in the region. The grand drape is distinctively unique in its visual appeal and technical functionality. The KSU Dance Theater is located just 15 miles north from downtown Atlanta.
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.