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Raul Munguia - Artistic Director & Conductor


The PSU Fine & Performing Arts Center

A Vision, Realized

Artist concept drawing of the Performing Arts Center

Since the time of the demolition of Carney Hall, Pittsburg State University has been without a cultural arts venue. That, after thirty-five years, is about to change.

Groundbreaking has begun on the thirty million dollar Center for the Performing Arts. When completed, the Center will provide an auditorium capable of seating almost three thousand people, with an additional recital hall that would double the existing concert hall space available in the Sharon Kay Dean Recital Hall in the McCray Music Hall.

Theatre presentations will be held in a more performance appropriate venue, and art majors will have ample facilities for study and exhibits.

In addition, outside performers will be attracted to our new state of the art facility, providing new cultural opportunities for area residents.



Latest News

Center for the Arts (Sept. Walk-through)

September 30, 2013

More from the PSU YouTube chanel. September construction update


Center for the Arts construction boosts economy

September 23, 2013

"Center for the Arts construction boosts economy" (PSU News Release)

As Pittsburg State University’s $33 million Center for the Arts rises, it is changing the both the skyline on the south end of town and the campus footprint.

A project this massive has other, less visible effects on a community, however. It creates jobs and pumps life into the local economy through contractors and sub contractors who build and equip the structure.

One of those is Unique Metal Fabrications, Inc., a Pittsburg industry that supplies steel for large and small projects throughout the Midwest...


Unique Metal inside Center for the Arts

August 27, 2013

"Unique Metal inside Center for the Arts" - How a local business is helping the Center grow (Pittsburg State University YouTube Channel)


Continuing Work

July 18th, 2013

"Center for the Arts advances; tennis courts to close" (PSU News Release)

Construction of Pittsburg State University’s new Center for the Arts is on schedule and will soon enter a new phase.

"Most of the work that you see from the road has focused on the 1,100-seat auditorium," said Chris Kelly...


Setting the Stage

June 3, 2013

"Setting the Stage" - Center for the Arts Walk-Through (part 1) (Pittsburg State University YouTube Channel)


President views Arts Center progress

May 29, 2013

Passersby have watched with fascination recently as workers have installed massive pre-cast concrete walls, causing Pittsburg State University's new Center for the Arts to rapidly rise out of the ground. No one has watched with more interest than PSU President Steve Scott.

On Tuesday, Crossland Construction Co. officials gave the president a brief tour so he could see the progress and learn more about the details of the intricate construction.

For the full story, see "President views Arts Center progress " (PSU News Release)


Groundbreaking Ceremony (full)

February 1, 2013

"PSU breaks ground on Center for the Arts" (PSU News Release)


Center for the Arts Groundbreaking at Pittsburg State University

February 1, 2013


Construction 40 years in the making

Performing arts center construction begins

January 19, 2013

PITTSBURG - The ceremonial groundbreaking for the new performing arts center at Pittsburg State will be Feb. 1 at 10 a.m. But the unofficial groundbreaking has already taken place...

More from the Pittsburg Morning Sun. Article by Andrew Nash


An Historic Day

December 4, 2012


Construction Contract Awarded

November 30, 2012

"PSU Awards Contract for Arts Center " (PSU News Release)

The decades-old dream of a new arts center on the Pittsburg State University campus took a giant leap forward on Nov. 30 with the announcement by university officials that the contract for the construction of the facility has been awarded to Crossland Construction Co...


A Five Million Dollar Donation

March 8, 2012

"Pittsburg State receives $5 million gift for fine and performing arts center" (PSU News Release)

Fine and Performing Arts Gift Announcement, by President Scott


Planning Begins

August 20, 2010

"Architects begin work on fine and performing arts building" (PSU News Release)

Although there's still "a lot of work to do," PSU President Steve Scott said today that he senses more excitement about the construction of a fine and performing arts building than he's seen in a long time...


Historic Carney Hall

Carney Hall

From 1919 to 1980 Carney Hall stood on the same ground as today's distinctive Heckert-Wells Hall. The building was named for Thomas Carney under whom the state's higher education system had been established. When completed in 1919, Carney Hall housed the Departments of Home Economics, Chemical and Physical Sciences, Biology, and Agriculture. Carney Hall also served as the cultural and social hub of the University and the community for many years. Its auditorium, with a seating capacity of about 3,000, hosted numerous lectures, concerts, and plays. Deterioration and settling of the building's foundation led to it being vacated in November 1978 and razed in 1980.

- A Closer Look. Wright/Roberts. c. 1999 PSU