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.
  • 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 Wesex of West Middlesex, Pennsylvania.
  • The attractive 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: $11 million.
  • Will contain art and dance studios, classrooms, design labs, Harlan Art Gallery and office space.
  • 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?

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 also in the fact that neither program has a “home” on the Seton Hill campus. 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 development of a strong community which will encourage the cross-pollination of ideas, 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 create an “arts corridor” in Greensburg’s cultural and historical district.

Dance & Visual Arts Center Groundbreaking: July 29, 2013

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 to spend $1 million in the community each year on gifts, food, lodging and other associated costs.