The building houses the art, dance, and theatre programs, creating a collaborative atmosphere. Sunnyside Café is located in the CFA atrium where students can enjoy coffee and cinnamon rolls. The building features:
There are 24 individual studio spaces for independent student work. Windows around the perimeter of the building let in lots of natural light throughout the day. The space has easels, paint stands, chairs, stools and tables for student use.
Dance and theatre students have access to two studios to practice, rehearse, create, and perform. Studio I and II have maple wood floors and natural lighting. Both studios have audio and visual equipment. Studio II has various seating and lighting options, so it serves as a performance space for students, faculty, and guest artists.
Art majors exhibit their work in the Centennial Union Gallery or the Center for the Arts Gregerson Gallery. Other galleries in various buildings on campus make art a prominent part of the Luther community. Luther has many outdoor sculptures and selections from the Luther College Fine Art Collection on display throughout campus. Nearness to the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah and the natural landscape of the region also add dimension to the study of art at Luther.
The Center for the Arts features two performance spaces. Jewel Theatre is a flexible 225-seat performance space. Our second floor studio can accommodate a variety of seating options and is equipped with lighting, sound and video capabilities.
Theatre majors also work in Storre, an off-campus black box theatre.
The scenery, costumes, and props for the mainstage productions are made by students and faculty/staff. The scene shop and costume shop employ many work-study students comprised of majors and non-majors alike. The scene shop is equipped with a 18 ft tall garage door between the shop and the Jewel Theatre, allowing scenery to be constructed in the shop, but easily moved onto stage. The costume shop is located on the second floor of the building with north facing windows that let in natural light. Costume storage is located off premises in Storre, holding over 1,000 costumes.