By taking impressive steps forward, Emory & Henry is entering a new era in the arts. With new facilities – and more anticipated – we are embarking on a vision to become a regional leader in arts education and in the quality of exhibitions and performances at the College. In recent years, our students and faculty members have distinguished themselves in all areas of the visual and performing arts, and their success has added momentum and excitement to this bold endeavor. We welcome your energy and creativity as the arts at Emory & Henry increase to new levels of excellence.
Emory & Henry features two gallery spaces for the visual arts with numerous exhibition spaces throughout campus. We are also looking forward to a major expansion of exhibition with the anticipated construction of the McGlothlin Center for the Visual and Performing Arts. Our galleries have been host to works by numerous nationally and internationally recognized artists, including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Eric Fischl, Janet Fish, James Valerio and Sally Mann. Byars Hall, the home for the academic departments in the arts, provides attractive space for the exhibition of works by talented student artists.
Aquila Theatre’s “An Enemy of the People.” Pianist Cyrus Chestnut. The Harlem Gospel Choir. The Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company. And Anonymous Four, an early music ensemble. These are just some of the many nationally and internationally recognized groups that have performed in recent years at Emory & Henry. In addition to these visiting artists, Emory & Henry faculty and students provide a variety of musical and theatre performances that attract wide audiences and acclaim.
As a student of E&H arts, you will spend much of your time in Byars Hall, the home of the Division of Visual and Performing Arts. An historic building that recently has undergone a major renovation and addition, this attractive facility will, along with a top-notch faculty, inspire you. If your interest is in drama, you will likely demonstrate your talent in the E&H Studio Theatre or in the 450-seat theater of the McGlothlin Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, which is slated for construction. If you are a vocal or instrumental musician, you may find yourself performing in the new Center or in the beautiful Memorial Chapel. Wherever you perform or exhibit, you will find an eager audience in a region with a strong respect for arts and culture.
Emory & Henry students of the fine arts have enjoyed success as studio artists, graphic designers and teachers. Our theatre majors are encouraged to audition for internships at various professional theatres, including Barter Theatre. These internships often lead to successful careers in professional acting and education. E&H music graduates have gone on to success as professional musicians and teachers at all levels.
The E&H Division of Visual and Performing Arts has attracted students of increasing numbers and talent in recent years, a testimony to the strength of our professors in the arts and the quality of the E&H approach to liberal arts education. Each program – music, theatre and the fine arts – offers diverse academic offerings of high quality intended to not only enhance your skills, but to give you a sound understanding of the importance of the arts in your life, your community and your culture.
At Emory & Henry, the arts are growing as a major regional force. E&H actors, musicians and artists are increasingly recognized for their abilities and their potential. At the same time, E&H cultural events and public outreach programs in the arts enrich the lives of people from throughout the region and add to its vitality. All are invited to the E&H campus to be a part of this vibrant arts community as it spreads its influence and shares its talents.