UIndy Arts Venues
Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center
The Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center is an educational arts facility located at the entrance of the campus on the corner of Hanna Avenue and Shelby Street. This award-winning architectural structure houses a two-tiered Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, a superior art gallery, practice rooms, art studios and classroom and a lecture hall equipped with state-of-the-art learning technology.
Ruth Lilly Performance Hall
The luminary within the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, the 500-seat Viennese-style hall has been called "unparalleled in acoustical quality." Similar in features to the great concert halls of Europe and equal to any performance hall of its size in the country, every detail of the hall, from the density of the seat cushions to the 28-inch-thick hand-plastered walls (not drywalled), maximizes the acoustic performance, so that whether five persons or 500 are seated, sound fils the hall as though there is a capacity crowd. In fact the space is acoustically perfect—a whisper in any spot in the hall can be heard in any other spot.
Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center Gallery
Adjacent to the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, the high ceiling, spacious walls and natural light in the gallery make it ideal for displaying a wide variety of two- and three-dimensional works.
Esch Hall Theatre Spaces
Located at the east end of Esch Hall, Ransburg Auditorium is the main stage theatre and host for larger-scale theatre productions, as well as many community performances and events. It seats 780 in a traditional proscenium arch configuration and includes fly, wing and backstage space. The backstage facilities include a well-equipped scene shop, costume and prop facilities and ample dressing and make-up rooms.
The Studio Theatre is a flexible three-quarter or thrust black-box-style space, seating approximately 80. Located in the lower level of Esch Hall below Ransburg Auditorium, the Studio is used as a classroom, performance space for faculty-directed productions, showcase for acting and directing scenes and space for student-generated performances such as the Student Directed Productions. The studio can be reconfigured into a proscenium set-up, but it's "standard" use is in a thrust configuration. Many Studio productions offer younger and less experienced student actors, designers and technicians the opportunity to "get their feet wet" in a smaller, less formidable space.
In addition to these venues, you also may find arts and cultural events in the Schwitzer Student Center, home to UIndy’s annual dinner theatre production and the Au Ho-nien Museum. The student center features dining and recreation areas for students, conference facilities, a coffee shop and the UIndy bookstore. The park-like Smith Mall, located in the heart of campus, also is home to a handful of events each year. Historic Good Hall, the University’s oldest building, holds the Leah Ransburg Gallery, a smaller space for student and faculty exhibitions, and the Recital Hall, which holds a variety of lectures, meetings and events. The Wheeler Arts Center theatre also holds several UIndy and non-UIndy arts events each year.