HGA-Designed Arts and Humanities Center Reinforces Arts Education at University of Wisconsin-Parkside


The newly expanded and renovated Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside sets new standards for arts education and performance. Designed by HGA Architects and Engineers (HGA) of Milwaukee, the 163,000-square-foot arts and humanities center transforms the former Communication Arts Building into a state-of-the-art education and performance space for the university's growing Music, Theatre Arts, and Art departments while positioning the UW-Parkside campus as a regional cultural center.

"Since its opening in 1968, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside has established a strong reputation for innovative programming and arts curriculum," said David Lang, lead project designer with HGA in Milwaukee. "The university's core complex of four interconnected buildings reflects 1970s campus planning that enabled the campus to strengthen its curriculum. The former Communication Arts Building, in particular, originally was designed to support a small arts program. And though it has held up well over the years, it lacked the necessary infrastructure to accommodate the evolving Music, Theatre Arts, and Art departments. HGA's solution addresses the university's objectives with distinct performance, exhibition and support spaces for each discipline while supporting the creative and economic vitality of southeastern Wisconsin."