The Shaw Center

The expanded Shaw Center was dedicated Homecoming Weekend 2012 after a 15-month, $16 million transformation into one of the top performing arts venue in the Midwest. The expansion includes the new 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 new atrium/lobby, the 500-seat Shaw Family Auditorium and a long, north-facing corridor Gallery that showcases contemporary still lifes and landscapes of Canada, home to JR and Carol Shaw, the donors who made the Shaw Center expansion possible.

Building Mission Statement

The 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.

Please visit our Events Calendar to learn more about performances and events in Shaw Center.

The Shaw Art Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Contact Information

QUESTIONS? Call 866-GRACELAND or contact the Visual & Performing Arts members listed below:


Visual & Performing Arts Division Chair: Zane Vredenburg 641-784-5352
Division Administrative Assistant: Kathy Templeton, 641-784-5270
Art Department Coordinator: Rob Stephens, 641-784-5340
Music Department Coordinator: Frank Perez, 641-784-5273
Theatre Department Coordinator: Tracy Salter, 641-784-5268
Shaw Center Director/Technical Coordinator: Jon Whatley, 641-784-5274