In 1992, the University began working on a plan for an expanded arts center to improve the performance, rehearsal and exhibition venues, classrooms, and studios for the visual and performing arts, and to provide room for continued growth. The plan was for the new building to connect to the existing Modlin Fine Arts building with an archway above Keller Road similar to the archway in North Court. The existing Emily Gardner Room and the Keller Gymnasium would be a converted for use by the art and art history department. The area occupied by Crenshaw pool would become part of a new theater complex that would house a new theater and dance venue and related shop space. Camp Theater would become a concert hall.
Booker Hall renovations were complete and the building was ready for occupancy by the fall of 1995. A new studio theater, the Cousins Studio, replaced the Q-Hut as a place to hold theater classes and stage productions. Twenty years later, the Modlin Center for the Arts, led by Executive Director Deborah Sommers, has become a leading performing arts center in the region. The ModlinArts Performing Arts Series is now in its 17th season.
When the project was completed, the former single-building complex was transformed into 165,000 square feet of state-of-the-art performance venues, galleries, studios, and classrooms for the arts. The new Modlin Center for the Arts is home to the ModlinArts Performing Arts Series and administrative offices, the departments of Art and Art History, Music, Theatre and Dance, and the Parsons Music Library.
Dedication: October 4, 1996
Architects: Marcellus, Wright, Cox and Smith (Edward A. Smith)
Acousticians: Jaffe, Holden, Scarborough
Size: 165,000 total square feet
50,708 Booker Hall
43,552 Visual Arts Building (formerly part of Keller Hall)
70,740 Modlin Center (1996 construction)