Fine Arts Building
Venues & Galleries:
John Eshelman Stage
Studios & Classrooms:
The Acting Studio, housed in the Fine Arts building, is the main teaching studio for acting, movement and voice classes as well as being an alternative rehearsal space for student work. Students learn techniques in mask work, stage combat, Stanislavsky and Shakespeare.
Ceramic sculpture courses offer students the benefit of small class size and plenty of studio time to work on projects. The adjoining rooms come complete with all the proper equipment for ceramic art.
The Seattle University choirs can be found rehearsing in this space most every day.
The Fine Arts department offers courses in two Mac computer labs. Students enrolled in digital design and photography courses enjoy 24-7 access to one of those labs.
The Costume Studio is a place for creative discovery, and development of costumes for the productions in the theatre program. Surrounded on two sides with a bank of windows on the edge of Seattle University's campus, the studio is equipped with cutting tables, sewing machines, laundry machines, and costume storage. Classes in costume design and costume history are also taught in the costume studio. Students learn skills in sewing, and are introduced to patterning and draping techniques.
The design studio, located in the Hunthausen Annex, is home to introductory and advanced theatre design classes.
The Fine Arts building boasts a state-of-the-art Digital Music Lab for student coursework, composition, and practice.
This studio hosts drawing courses at various levels of expertise. The space is ideal for still life and figure drawing, complete with movable furniture, flexible lighting, mirrors, storage and display boards for critique.
The Dressing rooms are located backstage of the John Eshelman Stage at the Lee Center for the Arts. Here students prepare for performances during the mainstage season, or for one of the additional student performances that happen throughout the year.
Located on the north edge of campus, overlooking the largest open lawn on the Seattle University campus, the Fine Arts Building is home to the Instrumental Music, Choral Music, Visual Art, Art History, Photography, Digital Design, and Theatre programs. The building was originally constructed in 1910 as the Madison street cable car terminal. It was originally purchased in 1941 house the School of Engineering. In 1992 the building was remolded and dedicated as the Fine Arts Building. Currently the Fine Arts Building houses the classrooms, studios, administrative and faculty offices, as well as the Vachon Gallery: an open 2,000-square foot performance and exhibition space for events of artistic expression.
The Hedreen Gallery at the Lee Center for the Arts is dedicated to the vibrancy of Seattle's artistic community. Our mission is to support the work of emerging artists and exhibit new work by established artists: local, national, international. We strive to catalyze artistic process and dialogue; to connect artists, audiences, and resources; and to engage the community in the arts. The Hedreen Gallery is located at the Lee Center for the Arts at 12th and Marion.
The Hunthausen Annex is in the basement of the Hunthausen Building, next to the Fine Arts Building. The Ceramics Studio, Instrumental Music Room, Design Studio, Computer Lab, and several of the Private Instruction Studios are located in the annex.
The Instrumental Music Room hosts courses, master classes, and rehearsals throughout the year.
The Eshelman stage is a 150-seat flexible theater space designed for drama, dance, and ensemble music housed in the Lee Center for the Arts. The theatre is equipped with state-of-the-art lighting and sound technology and an elevated control booth. Designed in conjunction with the managing and artistic directors of local theatre and dance companies as well as with Seattle University faculty, the performance space is attractive to a wide variety of visiting artists by virtue of the flexibility of its seating and stage configuration. The Eshelman Stage is home to three annual mainstage productions, various Artist-in-Residency performances, Scratch, the directing class one-acts and Honors project performances.
Founded in 1988, the Kinsey Gallery was originally located in the Casey Building. In fall of 2009, Kinsey was successfully relocated to a more visible location in the new Admissions & Alumni Building; the gallery now welcomes all campus visitors at the main gateway to the University.
Courses in art history and other non-studio art subjects are offered in one of our three lecture classrooms. Each room suits a different size class (ranging from 12 to 25 students), and all three have been outfitted with the latest in classroom technology including a teaching computer, internet, DVD capability, and overhead projection.
is the Department of Fine Arts state-of-the-art performance and exhibition space on the corner of Twelfth Avenue and East Marion Street.
The Painting Studio is always an exciting place to be; from realistic to conceptual, student paintings are always in progress. The space features moveable easels, sinks, storage, and various additional painting accoutrements.
Seattle University photography students take classes both within the SU art department and at the (located across from the SU campus on 12th Ave). On average, students complete 30 to 35 credits towards their degree at PCNW.
Located across the lawn from the Fine Arts building, 400- seat Pigott Auditorium houses many music events throughout the year.
With seven practice rooms in two different buildings, music students have 24-7 access for private practice.
The Printmaking Studio hosts a variety of printmaking courses as well as a series of calligraphy courses. Adjoining rooms provide adequate work space, proper printmaking equipment, sinks, drying racks, etc...
Private lessons are offered through in violin, cello, viola, piano, voice, and guitar. Private lessons take place in one of the 6 the Private Instruction Studios.
The recently renovated Audio Recording Studio is an excellent learning center for student musicians and sound technicians.
Scenery for the mainstage productions is constructed by students under the supervision of Technical Director, Bob Boehler in the scene shop which is located conveniently adjacent to the theatre and accessible through a high rolling door. Students can develop skills in carpentry, scenic painting, welding and properties construction.
This brand new studio is located slightly off campus at the Union Arts Co-op Building at 1100 E. Union. The courses in 3-D Design, and Sculpture will be held here starting in the Fall of 2013.
Known for its glorious surroundings and heavenly acoustics, St. Joseph Church has become one of Seattle University's most cherished off-campus venues for choral music performances.
The Vachon Room in the Fine Arts Building was converted from a studio theatre to a dedicated gallery in 2009 and has since shown a mix of student, faculty, and guest artist exhibitions. Curated by Fine Arts faculty, this gallery has quickly emerged as a dynamic facility for artistic study and practice.
Acting Chair, Performing Arts and Arts Leadership
Director, Arts Leadership
Director of Arts Programming