Fine Arts Facilities
The arts are a living and vital part of Millikin's culture, as almost a quarter of Millikin students study within the College of Fine Arts. With art shows, concerts, theatre productions, and presentations every week, our campus is alive with the talents of our fine arts students. All students are welcome to experience the arts at Millikin through these venues, as well as through on-campus courses and off-campus and study abroad experiences. Through our vast array of musical, theatrical, and visual arts, students are continually being challenged and changed for the better in the College of Fine Arts.
Tour the Center for Theatre & Dance
Center for Theatre & Dance
The Center for Theatre & Dance is Millikin's newest building project. The Center is a centralized location for creativity to be cultivated, fostered, and displayed, and provides a new venue for Millikin performing arts to delight, inform and inspire audiences. The $29 million project features a 260-seat flexible theatre which includes an orchestra pit, balcony, and tech gallery with a tension wire grid. The new building also features lighting and sound labs, a costume studio, a costume classroom, collaboration spaces and offices and support facilities for current staff with room for growth. Millikin’s Center for Theatre & Dance also incorporates four acting studios, two dance studios, two design classrooms and practice rooms as well as all-new modern theatre equipment and LED lights.
The Kirkland Fine Arts Center Main Auditorium seats 1,903 people. Continental seating includes 30 rows on the main floor as well as balcony and loge seating. Kirkland Fine Arts Center just added eight Wheel Chair Accessible spaces accompanied by six Handicapped Accessible seats. The auditorium is built with no obstructions within the house so that every seat in the auditorium has excellent visibility of the stage. The proscenium opening measures 53 feet by 23 feet. From the audience, you can view the pipes of the Austin Organ located in the house right loge. Three other pianos are available within Kirkland Fine Arts Center including two Steinway Grands and a Baldwin Grand.
Albert Taylor Theatre
The Albert Taylor Theatre is located in the historic Shilling Hall. The 269 seat auditorium was built as Millikin University opened in 1902. Renovations to the theatre were completed in 2006 and include Handicapped Accessible and Wheel Chair Accessible seating. Annual productions by the Millikin University Department of Theatre & Dance, School of Music, and Opera Program are all held in this theatre. Lectures, classes, and rehearsals are also held in the facility.
Kaeuper Hall is located in the Perkinson Music Center. The 167 seat auditorium was named after Hermann Kaeuper, the first Director of the School of Music. The handicapped accessible hall hosts weekly School of Music recitals, guest instrumental and vocal performances, opera rehearsals, and other intimate concerts.
Opened in 2003, Blue Connection is Millikin University’s retail art gallery located in the Madden Arts Center in Downtown Decatur. Focused on arts and speciality businesses, the retail location is used by students in Millikin's Arts & Entrepreneurship Program to grow their businesses. Products are conceived, designed, and/or crafted by the students who sell them.
BC Studios is Millikin University's arts and business incubator located in the lower level of Blue Connection. As part of their coursework in ET380 The Art of Entrepreneurship, students must design and pitch a new business model with a home in BC Studios. Students who pass the pitch stage receive a studio or retail space at Blue Connection and are open to the public during special events. Businesses not receiving a space still participate in the program, selling from online and off-site locations.
Perkinson Art Gallery
The Perkinson Art Gallery is a premiere venue for the exhibition of visual art and cultural events in central Illinois. Perkinson Gallery hosts a wide range of exhibitions that focus on work by professional artists from Illinois and the Midwest, in addition to work by artists with national recognition. Artists who have exhibited in Perkinson Gallery include: John Fraser, Frances Hynes, Lynne Cohen, Anita Jung, Michael Onken, Harold Boyd, David Bower, Todd DeVries, and Ray George, among others. The gallery has 2,000 square feet of floor space, with 132 linear feet of wall space. Perkinson Gallery also hosts annual student and faculty exhibitions. Patrons may view the displayed work daily Mon-Fri 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Perkinson Music Center
The Perkinson Music Center, built in 1911, underwent renovations in 2000 that doubled the size of the building and provided additional space for practice areas, classrooms, and studios. At the heart of PMC is Kaeuper Hall, which seats 167 and is used for recitals, concerts, auditions, and other campus events. It's also home to Millikin's recording studio, Millitrax, as well as its professional recording label, First Step Records. The School of Music is the only all-Steinway school in Illinois and features a computer-assisted lab equipped with some of the latest music technology available. Take a tour of the facility today!
The Studio Gallery is located in Kirkland Fine Arts Center, between the Painting and Printmaking studios. It is a multi-functional gallery space used for impromptu art class critiques, student senior exhibits, and formal juried exhibits by visiting artists. The gallery is available for viewing anytime that Kirkland Fine Arts Center is open (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) and during Kirkland performances.
The Lower Gallery is located opposite of the Perkinson Art Gallery down a set of steps. The Gallery is used for Senior Bachelors of Fine Arts shows and guest artists. The gallery is available for viewing anytime that Kirkland Fine Arts Center is open (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) and during performances.