Located in a popular park-like area of the campus, the new Music and Arts Center was thoughtfully designed to reflect the programs housed within. Shared by the Music and Art programs, the MAC provides much-needed studio space for Art and state-of-the-art, acoustically-designed rehearsal and performance space for Music. The building’s interior requirements are diverse and specific to enhancing the education missions of each department. The MAC is organized into two distinct wings – Music to the south and Art to the north – with a shared student gallery/lobby area that provides an important, transitional “knuckle” connecting both wings and becoming the heart of the building. The music program includes a 150-seat recital hall, rehearsal space, recording studios, classrooms, practice and support areas. The fine arts program includes painting, ceramics, sculpture and 2-D design/print-making studios, graphic design studios, classrooms, exhibit and support areas. With a sculptural glass and steel entry, the “knuckle” connects the wings and provides an element of hierarchy for the building. An expansive glass wall adjacent to a covered art patio provides views to the historic Well’s House to the north.
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