Designed by the architectural firm I.M. Pei and Partners and built in 1969, the Michael C. Rockefeller Arts Center is a major cultural center for western New York and northwestern Pennsylvania.
Housing a 1,200-seat concert hall, two theatres and two art galleries, Rockefeller Arts Center serves as a showcase for the talented students and faculty in SUNY Fredonia's strong arts programs and as a venue for national and international touring artists.
More than 160 events are presented each year by the center with clients including academic departments, student organizations and community groups. Annual attendance exceeds 44,000 people.
The 120,000 square foot facility houses faculty offices for the Department of Visual Arts and New Media and the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, as well as classrooms, rehearsal halls and spacious, well-equipped art studios, dressing rooms, scenery and costume shops. A major addition is planned for the near future, with construction expected to start in May of 2013 with completion two years later.