Exterior of Fine Arts Center at University of Arkansas Rendering

Groundbreaking at the University of Arkansas Fine Arts Center

November 28, 2022

The University of Arkansas will celebrate the groundbreaking of the restoration and addition to the Fine Arts Center on November 29th, 2022. Originally designed by Edward Durell Stone and built in 1951, the Fine Arts Center was the first multidisciplinary academic arts building in the country.

This transformative project includes a restored lobby and fine arts library, full renovations to the classroom wing for the School of Art, and an addition and renovation to the Stella Boyle Concert Hall for the Department of Music. The transformed building is expected to remain well-used and well-loved, though better adapted and revitalized to meet the needs of the present and future arts community on campus. Our design emphasizes visibility and connection, and strengthens the promise of the Fine Arts Center to embody its original vision as a hub of creativity and collaboration.

“One of our main goals for the project is that a restored Fine Arts Center will be a highly-visible, creative crossroads for the university’s arts community here on campus and help reinforce connections to the arts in the greater Northwest Arkansas community and beyond for years to come,” said Noah Biklen, partner-in-charge on the project.

Read more about the ceremony here.