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 the Visual Arts in three main venues: The Roland W. Hayes Concert Hall, The Dorothy Hackett Ward Theater, and the Institute of Contemporary Art.
The Hayes Concert Hall, which seats 475, is named after tenor Roland Hayes, the first male African-American concert artist to receive worldwide recognition. It is the primary performance hall for the Department of Music and UTC Performances, as well as the primary venue for guest speakers on campus. Over 200 performances each year occur in the Hayes Concert Hall through the Performing Arts Series, the Department of Music, and other University and community events.
Named for longtime UTC Theatre Department Head Dorothy Hackett Ward, the Ward Theater seats 322. The University Theatre Company produces four plays per year in this venue, which is directly connected to scene and prop shops. The Ward Theater also serves as the primary overflow venue for visiting speakers and hosts several student-produced plays during summer months.
The Fine Arts Center is home to the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), which presents challenging, curious, and adventurous encounters with contemporary art and artists. The ICA at UTC is the first ICA in the state of Tennessee, and is always free and open to the general public as well as to our campus community. The ICA facility comprises two exhibition galleries, including the Cress Gallery of Art. Officially founded in 2000, the Cress Gallery of Art bears the name of artist and UTC Guerry Professor of Art Emeritus George Ayers Cress (American, 1921–2008).
The ICA supports a year-round exhibition schedule including temporary special exhibitions with visiting contemporary artists, exhibitions of student work, and exhibitions featuring works from UTC's permanent collection of art. Through this program, the ICA provides exposure to work by both well-known and emerging professionals, giving our students the opportunity to examine art and design that demonstrates the professional application of the techniques, processes, and theories discussed in class. The exhibition schedule also offers opportunities for our students to present their work in a professional setting, including our annual BFA Thesis Exhibitions, Feinstein Scholarship exhibition, and annual juried student exhibition.
Learn more about the ICA and its activities here: icachatt.org
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 at www.utc.edu/tickets.