Designed by the architectural firm I.M. Pei and Partners and built in 1969, the Michael C. Rockefeller Arts Center is a major cultural center for western New York and northwestern Pennsylvania.
Housing a 1,200-seat concert hall, three theaters and two art galleries, Rockefeller Arts Center serves as a showcase for the talented students and faculty in Fredonia's strong arts programs and as a venue for national and international touring artists.
More than 130 events are presented each year by the center with clients including academic departments, student organizations and community groups. Annual attendance exceeds 36,000 people.
The original 120,000 square foot facility houses faculty offices for the Department of Visual Arts and New Media and the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, as well as classrooms, rehearsal halls and spacious, well-equipped art studios, dressing rooms, scenery and costume shops.
A major addition designed by Deborah Berke Partners of New York City was completed in Fall 2016. The $39 million project, added an additional 40,000 square feet to the building. This new studio complex houses rehearsal rooms, three dance studios (one of which doubles as a 94-seat dance theatre) and sculpture, ceramics and metal working studios for the Department of Visual Arts and New Media.
Rockefeller Arts Center, Fredonia, NY 14063