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College of Fine Arts Capital Project

a World of
Reimagining the Arts

Project Vision

Our new, intentionally designed College of Fine Arts will be a space where creativity collides — a shared location, home to a collective of artists, experiences, and educational opportunities that have the power to change our students and our community, forever.

Ohio University has embarked on a $94 million comprehensive renewal of its College of Fine Arts facilities that will transform the way our students, faculty, staff, and community experience art.

Teacher observing student screen printing
a Birds Eye View of a mock-up of the new Patton Center for Arts + Education Green

The reimagining of the College of Fine Arts will create an Arts + Education Green that will consolidate the college’s six schools and four professional arts programs in one area bustling with creative activity from all disciplines. The new Arts + Education Green will include:

  • An entirely new Patton Center for Arts Education that will be home to a new 400-seat theater and an indoor-outdoor performance venue
  • Complete renewal of Seigfred Hall
  • Renovation and expansion of OHIO’s Sculpture Studio 
  • Increasing storage in Glidden Hall

Project Timeline

The project timeline outlines key milestones and activities in our endeavor, providing a structured overview of the planned progression. Please note that adjustments may occur based on construction-related variables.

December 2023
Professional Services Start

Ongoing throughout academic year 23-24
Open Forums, War rooms, CoFA Steering Committee work, Task Force work

Summer to December 2024
Swing Space Move/ Vacate Seigfred

Early 2025
Construction and Renovation to Begin on Patton Arts Center and Seigfred

April – August 2025
Staggered renovation on other enabling projects (RTV, Ridges, Putnam, Glidden storage)

August 2025 – January 2026
Construction and Renovation of Sculpture Studio

March – May 2026
Construction – Green Space

May 2026
Substantial Completion

Fall 2026
Patton Center for Arts Education and renovated Seigfred completed.

For Every Creative Idea,
the encouragement to make it real.

The concept of shared creativity is intrinsic to the design of the reimagined College of Fine Arts, and it will take shared support to bring it all to life. This $94 million renewal project is funded in part by a $50 million estate gift from alumnae Violet Patton, which will help fund the Patton Center for Arts Education, home to the new theater. Ohio University has further committed $36 million in capital improvement funds to the overall project. 

There are opportunities to support the project and leave your legacy through a naming gift. The project is currently 92% funded and Ohio University is seeking private support to solidify the funding. To learn more about naming opportunities, please contact Jonathan Renard, College of Fine Arts Senior Director of Development.

Join us in reimagining a space that hosts not only students, but communities. That fuels not just the creative of art, but also the appreciation of art. Not just ideas, but the execution, performance and celebration of ideas.

Give to the Capital and Renovation Fund

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