Shepherd University Center for Contemporary Arts

Eager to cultivate opportunities for cross-disciplinary interactions, various artistic programs at the Shepherd University, in conjunction with a summer theater festival, sought a building that fostered an atmosphere of shared learning and experimentation. Flexible and easily adaptable, the Center for Contemporary Art breaks down learning barriers and enhances the dynamism of collaborative efforts between performers, playwrights, visual artists, and production designers. Designed in three phases, Phase 1 includes art studios, rehearsal spaces, and computer labs while Phase Two houses a 200-seat flexible theater and additional studio and support spaces. Phase Three is forthcoming and will house a proscenium and thrust theater. The Center is also planned as a campus landmark, a gateway into West Virginia, and an icon of contemporary expression within the country’s cultural landscape.