A long view of the Shaw Center lobby with couches and chairs on the upper level and smaller seating on the lower level with open space.

The Shaw Center

The expanded Shaw Center was dedicated Homecoming weekend 2012 after a 15-month, multi-million-dollar transformation into one of the top performing arts venues in the Midwest. The expansion included the state-of-the-art JR Theatre, a black box theatre equipped with lighting, sound and multi-functional qualities equal to the best such theatres in the country. The expanded facility also includes the acoustically-perfect, 150-seat Carol Hall recital facility; a beautiful outdoor amphitheatre; a stunning atrium/lobby; the 500-seat Shaw Family Auditorium; and a long, north-facing corridor gallery showcasing contemporary still lifes and landscapes of Canada, home to JR '56 and Carol Shaw, the donors who made the Shaw Center expansion possible.

Building Mission Statement

Shaw Center serves as a teaching environment offering superior professional experiences that complement the fine arts academic program while providing meaningful content and connections that prepare and develop students for lifelong participation in the arts.

Performance Information

  • Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. unless noted differently.
  • A calendar of performances and events in the Shaw Center can be found at www.graceland.edu/news-events/calendar.
  • The Shaw Art Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m.

Contact Information

QUESTIONS? Call 866.GRACELAND, or contact the visual and performing arts members:

Visual and Performing Arts Division Chair, Karen Gergely, 641.784.5327
Division Administrative Assistant, Tracey Dale, 641.784.5270
Art Department Coordinator, Karen Gergely, 641.784.5327
Music Department Coordinator, Sara Blessing, 641.784.5273
Theatre Department Coordinator, Tracy Salter, 641.784.5268
Shaw Center Technical Coordinator, David Laughlin, 641.784.5274