Illinois State University, Performing Arts Center

The Performing Arts Center bolsters the Theater and Music programs’ mission to integrate “performance” into the university’s academic program. Focusing on faculty, student, and guest-artist performance, this efficient, acoustically precise facility translates a tight budget into a simple yet elegant architectural solution. The 60,000-SF Arts Center includes a 450-seat Proscenium Theater, 1,000-seat Concert Hall, and shared lobby. HGA used a simple palette of campus brick, honed concrete masonry, glass, and recycled wood fiber in the public spaces.


Normal, Illinois

Building Type

Performing Arts


60,000 SF

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