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COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS BOX OFFICE

Venues

All venue Box Offices open one hour prior to showtime for will-call and ticket purchases (if available).  Arrive early to avoid lines!


Wilner AuditoriumJPEG Image

Location: Southwest corner of campus, north of 17th Street, east of Hillside.

Parking: Available just south of the building, across 17th Street.

Hours: Open one hour prior to each ticketed event in the Wilner lobby for will-call and ticket purchasing (if available).  Arrive early to avoid lines!

     In the 1930's, student dining, recreation facilities and an auditorium for drama, music, and convocations were all high on the list of space needs for the new Municiple University of Wichita.  Federal funds provided under the Public Works Administration made possible construction of the Auditorium and Commons Building in 1938.  It was later renamed Wilner Auditorium to honor George Wilner who joined Fairmount College as head of speech and theatre in 1923.  Mr. Wilner retired from WU in 1960.
     Although other stages are now available, the 553-seat Wilner Auditorium still serves as the main stage for theatre activities.  Recreation and food service functions were moved from the building when the Campus Activities Center (now Rhatigan Student Center) opened in 1959.


JPEG ImageWiedemann Recital Hall

Location: On the corner of Alumni Drive and Perimeter Road (north of Deurksen Fine Arts Center).

Parking: Available west of Duerksen Fine Arts Center.

Hours: Open one hour prior to each ticketed event in the Wiedemann Hall lobby for will-call and ticket purchasing (if available).  Arrive early to avoid lines!

     Wiedemann Hall, a 401-seat music venue, is the result of the continuous efforts of Wichita music-lover and philanthropist Gladys H.G. Wiedemann and former Associate Professor of Organ Robert L. Town.  The hall, constructed in 1986, houses The Great Marcussen Organ, a stunning pipe organ designed and built on-site by the legendary firm of Marcussen and Son of Denmark.  It was the first Macrussen instrument to be built on North America soil.
     The organ builders worked with architects to design a concert hall around the specifications of the organ to present the instrument in its ultimate acoustical glory.  The building's superb acoustics keep it in demand as the primary recital and concert hall for the WSU School of Music, as well as drawing renowned organist from around the world for recitals and recordings.


JPEG ImageWelsbacher Theater

Location: 29th Street North and Oliver Street (inside the Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex).  At the east side of the building, Entrance "F".

Parking: Available on the southwest corner of the building, adjacent to the theatre's entrance.

Hours: Open one hour prior to each ticketed event at the Welsbacher Theatre for will-call and ticket purchasing (if available).  Arrive early to avoid lines!

     When financial troubles cause the Faith Metro Church to declare bankrupcy, WSU was available to aquire the facility in 1997 through a $3.25 million gift, given by a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.  The building was named for WSU's 11th president Eugene Hughes, following his retirement in 1999.
     The facilitiy, located a few miles north of WSU's main campus, has many amenities, including the 85-seat Richard Welsbacher Experimental Theatre, a black-box theatre named for the professor emeritus.


JPEG ImageMiller Concert Hall

Location: Inside Duerksen Fine Arts Center lobby (near the south entrance).  East of Hillside, just south of Charles Koch Arena.

Parking: Available east of the building.

Hours: M-F 12:00p-5:00p & one hour prior to each ticketed event at Miller Concert Hall for will-call and ticket purchasing (if available).  Arrive early to avoid lines!

     Duerksen opened in 1956 as the Fine Arts Center and was designed to house the activities of the College of Fine Arts.  Unfortunately, a planned wing for the art department was not constucted due to lack of funds.  The School of Art and Design (formerly the art department) is now located at the McKnight Art Center and Henrion Hall.  The Fine Arts Center was later renamed for the alumnus and long time dean of the college, Walter Duerksen.  The facility, which houses the School of Music and WSU's main Fine Arts Box Office, includes the 523-seat Miller Concert Hall, classrooms and practice studios.

Dr. Lewis Miller and his wife Selma were devoted patrons of the arts, giving anonymous assistance to art students and programs.  An artist herself, Mrs. Miller served on the board of directors of the Wichita Art Association from 1938-1961.  Following Dr. Miller's death in 1969, Wichita State University dedicated the Lewis and Selma Miller Concert Hall in the Duerksen Fine Arts Center in honor of their contribution of both time and means to community art and theater development.  Upon Mrs. Miller's passing in 1972, the Lewis and Selma Miller fund was established through their estate to ensure the development and furtherance of the WSU College of Fine Arts and the Ulrich Museum.


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