School of Visual & Performing Arts

Visual & Performing Arts Center (VPAC)


The centerpiece of Westconn’s School of Visual and Performing Arts is its Visual and Performing Arts Center located on the westside campus. The building contains a multitude of incredible spaces, including the Concert Hall, Studio Theatre, Art Gallery, Painting Studio, Recording Studio, Scene Shop, Dressing Rooms, Sculpture Studio, and M.F.A. Studios. The new facility enhances the artistic and academic experience for students, faculty, staff and patrons immeasurably.

At 130,000 square feet, this uniquely designed facility is divided into three distinct wings: Theatre Arts, Music, and Visual Arts, all connecting together through the stunning lobby with a ramp bridge that appears to float high above.
Students taking courses in the art wing benefit from light shining through double-height, northern-exposed windows in the spacious painting and sculpture studios. They work in photography and graphic design studios equipped with both the latest computer technology and the legacy technology of traditional film development. The Art Gallery features northern-exposed light and an advanced display system, all atop beautiful maple flooring.

Music students rehearse and perform in the Veronica Hagman Concert Hall, which features a tri-level, in-the-round seating experience for an audience of up to 350; variable acoustics; state-of-the-art performance audio and lighting; 5:1 HD recording and two Concert Grand pianos: a Steinway Model “D” (Hamburg) and a Yamaha CFX, the flagship of the Yamaha concert piano line. An incredible recording studio houses WCSU’s new Audio and Music Production degree program and features a Solid State Logic Duality audio console — the finest in the industry. All performance spaces are interconnected via advanced fiber optic systems for complete audio and video integration and interoperability.

Theatre students perform on the facility’s MainStage Theatre and Studio Theatre — both loaded with technology and functionality beyond many Broadway venues. Two theatre rehearsal studios, both equipped with audio/visual technology and sprung dance floors complement the university’s increasingly popular musical theatre program. Dressing rooms, practice rooms and individual Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts studios are all incorporated into the spaces, designed for students so they may experience a professional-quality arts education.

The new facility was designed by an award-winning team of architects and technical consultants, including the architectural firms of Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture and Amenta/Emma as well as JaffeHolden (Acoustics) and Fisher Dachs Associates (Theatre).

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