Illinois State University

Performing Arts Center

Normal, Illinois


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-square-foot 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.

The architects used every opportunity they had to their best advantage. Every last dollar sings on this project.