Resources & Facilities – Arts Facilities

Bowdoin has a deep and historic commitment to the role of the arts in a liberal education, which is supported by state-of-the-art facilities and numerous opportunities for participation in the vibrant student performance and art exhibition scene on campus. For students wishing to specialize in an artistic field, Bowdoin’s programs offer exceptional flexibility and the opportunity for in-depth study with recognized faculty. Bowdoin also hosts an exciting array of performances and exhibitions, bringing renowned artists and scholars to campus from all parts of the world.

Robert H. and Blythe Bickel Edwards Center for Art and Dance

The Robert H. and Blythe Bickel Edwards Center for Art and Dance, an ambitious renovation of a former landmark elementary school completed in 2013, offers a dynamic and communal center for the full range of activities in the visual arts and dance on campus. The building contains two dance studios, painting and drawing studios, classrooms for critique, exhibition spaces, and state-of-the-art facilities including a wood shop, print shop, kiln, analog darkroom, and digital media lab. The Edwards Center for Art and Dance enables faculty and students engaged in dance, painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, printmaking, and digital arts to work together under a single roof, fostering a cohesive arts community and opportunities for artistic and intellectual synergies.

Gibson Hall

Gibson Hall houses the Department of Music and offers rehearsal and practice rooms, teaching studios, the Beckwith Music Library, an electronic music lab, a state-of-the-art projection system, faculty offices, a sixty-eight-seat classroom/recital hall, and a more intimate seminar room. It is located on the main quadrangle between the Walker Art Building and the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library.

Pickard and Wish Theaters

Memorial Hall includes performance, rehearsal, set construction, and instructional facilities. The centerpiece is Pickard Theater, a 600-seat theater with proscenium stage equipped with a full fly system and state-of-the-art lighting, sound, and video equipment. Wish Theater addresses the needs of experimental, educational theater in a flexible and intimate black box space that includes high-tech lighting and sound. Memorial Hall also features a seminar room, a rehearsal studio—which is also used for smaller performances and student productions—and a dance studio.

Studzinski Recital Hall

The world-class Studzinski Recital Hall is a transformation of the Curtis Pool building into a 280-seat, state-of-the-art facility for small- and medium-sized musical performances. The hall includes a rehearsal room, nine practice rooms, and a number of Steinway pianos. Kanbar Auditorium features raked seating, exceptional acoustics, advanced technical capabilities, and a stage designed to accommodate different performance configurations and types of musical programs, including classical, jazz, electronic, and world music.

Visual Arts Center

The Visual Arts Center houses the faculty in art history and Digital and Computational Studies, the Pierce Art Library, Beam Classroom, and Kresge Auditorium.