About the UTC Fine Arts Center
The Fine Arts Center, located at the corner of Vine and Palmetto Streets on the UTC
campus, houses the work of the Departments of Music, Theatre and Speech, and the Visual
Arts in three main venues: The Roland W. Hayes Concert Hall, The Dorothy Hackett Ward
Theater, and the George Ayers Cress Gallery of Art.
The Hayes Concert Hall, which seats 505, is named after tenor Roland Hayes, the first
male African-American concert artist to receive worldwide recognition. Over 200 performances
each year occur in the Hayes Concert Hall through the Patten Performances, the Department
of Music, Cadek Conservatory and other University and community events. It is the
primary performance hall for the Department of Music and the primary on-campus venue
for the George T. Hunter Lecture Series.
Named for longtime UTC Theatre Department Head Dorothy Hackett Ward, the Ward Theater
seats 322. The University Theatre Company produces four to five plays per year in
this venue, which is directly connected to state-of-the-art scene and prop shops.
The Ward Theater also serves as the primary overflow venue for the George T. Hunter
Lecture Series and hosts several student-produced plays during summer months.
The Department of Art presents student, faculty and guest showings in the Cress Gallery
throughout the school year and is home to the John and Diane Marek Visiting Artist
Tickets to Fine Arts Center Events may be purchased at the Fine Arts Center Box Office
from 10 am to 4 pm weekdays, by calling the Box Office at 423.425.4269, or online
Directions to the Fine Arts CenterParking for Fine Arts Center Events