About the Winter Center


The Dr. Charles R. and Anita B. Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center opened October 12, 2012 with the dedication of the building. Formerly Lyte Auditorium, the facility was designed by Spillman Farmer Architects.


The building includes the Clair Performance Hall, Biemesderfer Concert Hall, Murley Recital Hall, the Susan C. & Gerald C. Eckert Art Gallery, the Steinman Foundation Recording Suite, The Isaacson Dance Studio, and 17 practice modules for student use and a state-of-the-art Yamaha Clavinova piano lab.


The on-campus center is a creative hub for students, faculty and the surrounding community in music, art and theater to share a vibrant place for local, regional, national and international artists to connect with students in residencies, master classes and workshops.


Clair Performance Hall


The Clair Performance Hall seats 650 and is a traditional proscenium stage. Perfect for musicals, dance and large scale performances, the space houses state-of-the-art technical equipment, sound and lights.


Biemesderfer Concert Hall


The 290-seat Hall is named after Elva Biemesderfer who was a profound supporter of the arts and was known for her beautiful soprano voice. The Hall is a completely tunable room featuring motorized banners and curtains that absorb sound. The Concert Hall has the greatest range of reverberation and sound control of all the performance spaces in the Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center. It holds 290 seats. 


Susan C. & Gerald C. Eckert Art Gallery


The Susan C. & Gerald C. Eckert Art Gallery will mount group and solo exhibitions produced in-house and present nationally touring exhibitions of contemporary and tradition-based art forms. The gallery will work to identify exhibitions that promote cross-disciplinary exchanges across academics on campus, and enhance the cultural offerings in the region. Additional in-house produced exhibitions will highlight student and faculty work from the Art & Design, Music, and Theatre Departments.