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Kennedy CenterTeeming with natural light, the Kennedy Center’s flexible, open areas invite collaboration and discussion, while its smaller spaces accommodate individual study and reflection. The 83,000-square-foot building was designed by Machado and Silvetti Associates, the same architect that drew up the plans for the neighboring Wellin Museum of Art. The center is named in honor of life trustee and chairman emeritus Kevin Kennedy ’70 and his wife, Karen.
Knight and students discuss photography techniques

Associate Professor of Art Ella Gant and her students in the digital suite classroom, which is equipped with 16 computer workstations configured with professional software for editing photo, video and audio projects.

students hang works in the critique space

Students hang works in the critique space in the studio arts section of the Kennedy Center. The space, with its floor-to-ceiling windows on two facing sides, doubles as a small gallery.

Kennedy Center

Looking down through a dramatic ovoid cutout, there’s a glimpse of the first-floor common space in the theatre wing. Light pours in through the building’s massive wall of 145 windows as students gather on colorful, modern-style furniture.

students in the first floor of the Kennedy Center

Students are doing just what center planners had in mind — studying, relaxing, congregating and collaborating in the common space.

students in the Barrett lab theatre

Students engage in acting exercises in the Barrett Lab Theatre with some onlookers from above. The enclosed, grid-like catwalk provides complete access, as well as extra security, for students honing skills in lighting design.

theatre fall '21 "10 out of 12"

The Romano and the Barrett theatres share a box office and coat room, a spacious backstage area, costume and prop storage, a full scene shop and three basement-level dressing rooms.

students in a sculpture class

In the sculpture classroom, students are well into their projects under the guidance of Associate Professor of Art Rebecca Murtaugh. The sculpture room is flanked by the wood workshop and the hot workshop for metals and ceramics.

students and Ella Gant in the digital suite classroom

Associate Professor of Art Ella Gant and her students in the digital suite classroom, which is equipped with 16 computer workstations configured with professional software for editing photo, video and audio projects.

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