Shepherd University, Center for Contemporary Arts

Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Eager to cultivate opportunities for cross-disciplinary interactions, various artistic programs at the University partnered with one of America’s foremost summer theater festivals to create a building that fostered an atmosphere of shared learning and experimentation. Flexible and easily adaptable, the Center minimizes learning barriers and enhances the dynamism of collaborative efforts between performers, playwrights, visual artists, and production designers. The Center inspires creative inquiry and is the manifestation of a successful public-private joint initiative, forming the heart of cultural production in the oldest community in West Virginia. Bathed in natural northern light, the art studios’ high ceilings and windows allow users to take full advantage of passive ventilation and day-lighting strategies. Warehouse-style gallery spaces allow for a multitude of programming options and anticipate future uses. Sensitive to its occupants’ well-being, a toxin-free printmaking studio was specially designed to maintain a healthy atmosphere. The facility exists harmoniously with its natural surroundings, and through the use of durable, recycled building materials, and increased water efficiency, promotes responsible stewardship of the environment.

Shepherd University
32,500 SF Phase I 29,700 SF Phase II 200 Seat Theater
Ph I: Art Studios, Drama Rehearsal Room, Faculty Offices, Conference Room, Outdoor Art Studio Phase II: 200 Seat Performance Space, Support Space, Lobby, Sculpture Studio, Scene Shop Phase III: 200 Seat Theater & Support Spaces