Dance & Visual Arts Center


Dance & Visual Arts Center Quick Facts

  • Will be located on the corner of West Otterman Street and College Avenue in the cultural district of downtown Greensburg, one block from Seton Hill’s Performing Arts Center.
  • Featuring: sculpture, graphic design, metalsmithing, clay, photography, printmaking, drawing and painting studios; welding facilities and a foundry; art therapy and education studios; Harlan Gallery.
  • 46,000 square feet.
  • Designed by designLAB Architects of Boston, Massachusetts and Balog, Steines, Hendricks, & Manchester Architects, Inc. (BSHM) of Youngstown, Ohio.
  • General contractor is PJ Dick of Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • The contemporary light gray metal-sided building features expansive windows to allow passers-by on this busy corner to see dance in motion and art in progress.
  • Estimated cost: $14.75 million.
  • 330 students were enrolled in the University’s visual arts and dance programs (including the Community Dance Program) in 2012-2013.
  • Groundbreaking: July 29, 2013

  • Building is scheduled for completion in summer 2015.

Why A New Dance & Visual Arts Center?

Art Program Director Pati Beachley participating in the beam signing ceremony for the new arts building on September 11, 2014.

The Seton Hill Visual Arts Program has helped define the landscape of this region for decades. Former student and art professor Josefa Filkosky’s large metal sculptures, created and installed in the 1970’s, are well-known attractions around Pittsburgh. Recent graduate Michael Rubino designed art for the Pittsburgh Penguins and the new CONSOL Energy Center; a building that also features signage by KMA Design, a company owned by Seton Hill alumna Barbara Martin. Current art faculty are all currently exhibiting artists, with work shown in galleries and exhibits across the region and the country.

Seton Hill’s dance programs, which include three university degree programs and a thriving Community Dance Program offering dance lessons for all ages, have grown extensively in the last few years, with continued growth projected well into the future.

Seton Hill’s dance and visual arts programs are alike in their popularity – and in that both programs have classrooms and studio spaces scattered across “the Hill” and throughout downtown Greensburg. The creation of a new Dance and Visual Arts Center will allow all dance and art faculty and students, including those in the Community Arts Program, to be located in one building, leading to the strengthening of the community with the potential for collaboration, the retention of students, and the efficiency of resources throughout the various areas of study.  Members of the community taking dance lessons (or dropping off their children for lessons), will experience enhanced convenience. And, with the Palace Theatre, Seton Hill’s two new Centers (the recently-completed Performing Arts Center and the new Dance and Visual Arts Center) will extend the “arts corridor” 
in Greensburg’s cultural and historical district. 

Dance & Visual Arts Center Groundbreaking: July 29, 2013

“Construction Projects, Businesses Increased in Greensburg in ’14”

Read Tribune-Review article.

Who Will Benefit?

Economic development in and around the City of Greensburg has exceeded $130 million over the past decade, spurred in large part by Seton Hill’s ongoing campus expansion, both on “the Hill” and in Greensburg and the local area. In addition to providing a modern, attractive new home for the university’s arts and dance programs, the Seton Hill University Dance and Visual Arts Center will also have significant impact on the local economy. Early projections indicate that the Center will generate a net revenue exceeding $15 million over a five-year period. Seton Hill anticipates visitors to the new Center will spend $1 million in the community each year on food, lodging, gifts and other items.