The Art of Building:

Creating an Arts District at Kennesaw State

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The Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center
Music Building
Joe Mack Wilson Building
Entrance to Stillwell Theater
The Visual Arts Building

The arts are thriving at Kennesaw State University, which now has an area of campus devoted only to the teaching and presenting of music, theatre and performance studies, dance and visual arts. Located north of Cartersville Road, the Arts District is easily accessible from Frey Road via Campus Loop Road.

At the west end of Cartersville Road, visitors will encounter the Music Building, which was renovated in the 1980s. It houses music classrooms, a music technology classroom, studios, practice rooms and the Music Recital Hall.

Adjacent to it is the Joe Mack Wilson Building, which was constructed in the 1990s. It is home to numerous classrooms, music studios, a theatre technology classroom, and the offices of the Dean of the College of the Arts, the Department of Music and the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies. The Wilson Building also houses the Fine Arts Gallery, Howard Logan Stillwell Theater and the Studio Theater.

Behind the Wilson Building, is the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center, which includes 3,600 square-foot music rehearsal hall, a 624-seat concert hall  and the first gallery of the proposed Art Museum. It was completed in 2007. Learn more

Between the Bailey Center and the Wilson Building, is Wilson Annex, which opened in 2009. It includes a large black box theater, music studios and student practice rooms. Learn more

At the east end of Cartersville Road, visitors will find the Visual Arts Building, which opened in 2001. The award-winning building houses classrooms, computer graphics labs, the Department of Visual Arts office, and studios for painting, drawing, ceramics, photography and printmaking, as well as a large outdoor sculpture studio. View floor map (PDF)

Other arts facilities include a dance rehearsal studio in the Gym, an art gallery in the Horace W. Sturgis Library, the Legacy Gazebo Amphitheater, where the Starlight Summer Concert Series is presented, the Scene Shop at Chastain Point and the Costume Shop at KSU Center. The entire campus also boasts a large collection of outdoor sculpture for students and the community to enjoy.

Meanwhile, the Zuckerman Art Museum is being constructed. The 27,500 square-foot facility is funded by private gifts. It will house several galleries and will also provide a home for the university's growing Permanent Collection of Art.

Also, the university will need to construct an addition to the Visual Arts Building in the coming years.

The KSU Dance Studio is located at Chastain Point. It is the largest dance studio in metro Atlanta.

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