A new academic year brings new opportunities for us to enjoy the arts as they come alive once again on our campus.

     This year, I am excited for our University to resume a more traditional line-up of arts and culture events and programming. From art exhibitions, musical events, speaking engagements, theater performances, and visits to our world-renowned greenhouse, we welcome you back to enjoy the talents of our guest artists and our exceptional faculty, staff, and students.

     We celebrate the arts for their ability to illuminate, to transform, and to inspire the human spirit. And in these tumultuous times, I am grateful for the way in which the arts continue to generate hope as we confront the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

     I encourage you to visit this page often to learn more about our upcoming events and to stay informed about the ways in which our return to live performances may be affected by current health and safety protocols at the time of a particular event.

     Sincerely,

     Geoffrey Mearns

     Geoffrey S. Mearns

School of Art

Arts and Journalism Building | The Ned and Gloria Griner Gallery of Art | Marilyn K. Glick Center for Glass

With more than 57,000 square feet of state-of-the-art classrooms and studio space, the School of Art is centrally located on campus within the Art and Journalism Building. The school’s Ned and Gloria Griner Art Gallery is a high-profile space for students, faculty, and visiting artists to showcase their work on the first floor near the Ball State Bookstore and the building’s main elevator and staircase.

Every year, nationally and internationally recognized artists, designers, and scholars are invited to share their distinct practices and voices. Faculty facilitate opportunities for students and the public to engage with the artists and scholars through lectures, screenings, performances, readings, conversations, studio critiques, and workshops.

Charles W. Brown Planetarium

The Charles W. Brown Planetarium at Ball State University lets visitors experience the night sky as they have never seen it before. The planetarium is an immersive theatre where state-of-the-art technology transforms the 52-foot dome into a simulation of the night sky as seen from earth and from space. For example, the audience can “fly” through Saturn’s rings, land on Mars, or travel to distant stars and galaxies. Learn more.

David Owsley Museum of Art

The David Owsley Museum of Art (DOMA) houses a world art collection with over 11,000 works from Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, Europe, and the Americas. DOMA balances exciting interdisciplinary art exhibitions with engaging displays of the permanent collection in an educational environment that serves both the University and the east central Indiana region. Learn more.

Emens Auditorium

John R. Emens, who served as Ball State University’s sixth president from 1945–1968, had a dream. He envisioned a campus of the future, complete with an auditorium large enough to house most college functions as well as major symphonies, Broadway productions, ballets, and other entertainment for Muncie and east central Indiana audiences. Learn more.

John J Pruis Hall

John J Pruis Hall is a 600-seat capacity venue used for a variety of Ball State functions including classes, convocations, freshman orientation, conferences, speakers, performing arts, and films. Learn more.

Sursa Hall

Sursa Performance Hall is located within the Music Instruction Building, home for Ball State’s music performance and music media production programs. The building is a stunning physical space and technological wonderland with nearly 10,000 square feet of recording studio space in addition to rehearsal rooms, two state-of-the-art performance halls, and numerous teaching studios.

Theatre and Dance

University, Strother, and Cave Theatres | Korsgaard Dance Studio

Intimate and powerful evenings of theatre await audiences within University Theatre. These productions showcase the talents of Ball State’s Department of Theatre and Dance by using simple, imaginative scenic pieces and costuming and emphasizing the immediacy of the actor/audience relationship. The 396-seat performance theatre showcases lighting and sound technical equipment. Strother Theatre hosts experimental, intense, and provocative performances while Cave Theatre features "bare-bones" workshop productions.

Korsgaard Dance Studio (KDS) is a versatile venue with adjustable bleachers, black curtains, and a small light grid so space can be used for classes, rehearsals, and performances.