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Alumni Recitation Hall (ARH)

The Alumni Recitation Hall contains classrooms for classes in the Social Studies and Humanities, as well as faculty offices for departments of foreign languages and Classics. The facilities also include a 158-seat screening auditorium, the multipurpose Meredith AudioVisual Center, and an additional computer lab with multiple printers for both classroom and general student use.

ARH is wheelchair accessible. An elevator at the south end makes it easy to reach the auditorium and accessible restrooms on the third floor. Automatic door operators are located on the southeast and southwest sides, and accessible parking is available along Park Street.

Sebring-Lewis Hall

Sebring-Lewis Hall, opened in 1999, seats 338 people in a 4,050 square-foot space. It is the home of most music department performances and numerous guest artist events. One of the first ensembles to perform in the hall, the American String Quartet, described it as "one of the two or three best halls in the country for chamber music." The rich colors and cherry wood details in the hall make it as beautiful aesthetically as it is acoustically. Electrically adjustable curtains in the upper back of the hall allow for a tunable acoustic. A well-equipped control room and numerous computer data and sound connection points within the hall itself allow Sebring-Lewis to accommodate experimental computer music as well as chamber and ensemble performances. 

Roberts Theatre

The Roberts Theatre semi-thrust stage, seating 450, was renovated and restored under the design of Cesar Pelli and Associates (New Haven, CT). The project was completed in 2000.

For more information about the Roberts Theatre please call the Technical Director at 641-269-3130.

Goldwater Scholarship for excellence in math and science to Alice Nadeau '13

Friday, Mar. 30, 2012 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA -  

Grinnell College student Alice Nadeau has been awarded a Goldwater Scholarship for up to $7,500 toward tuition and other expenses during the 2012-13 academic year. The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Program was established by Congress to encourage excellence in science and mathematics for American undergraduate students with excellent academic records and outstanding potential.

Nadeau, a third-year mathematics major from Waterloo, Ia., plans to pursue a Ph.D. and teach at the university level. “I am currently trying to explore as many areas of mathematics as available to me,” Nadeau said. “This is important in both teaching and research since connections and correlations can and frequently do come from outside one’s own specific field of study.”

As a Grinnell student, Nadeau serves as a student assistant for the Grinnell Science Project pre-orientation program; works in the costume studio for the theatre department; swims for the varsity swim team; and is an active participant in student government.

Grinnell student Rebecca Mandt, a third-year biology major from Mendota Heights, Minn., was named honorable mention in the competition. She plans a career in biomedical research.

Grinnell College is a nationally recognized, private, four year, liberal arts college located in Grinnell, Iowa. Founded in 1846, Grinnell enrolls 1,600 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries in more than 26 major fields, interdisciplinary concentrations, and pre-professional programs.


Bucksbaum Center for the Arts

Parking and Access

Bucksbaum Center for the Arts is located at the corner of Park Street and 6th Avenue. On-street parking is available on the east side of Park Street between 5th and 8th Avenues and in visitor spots around campus. Accessible parking is available in the cul-de-sac off 6th Avenue. See Maps and Directions for more information.

Recital Hall and Rehearsal Rooms

Sebring-Lewis Hall in the Bucksbaum Center has elevated Grinnell's musical performance tradition by providing an intimate, accessible, and acoustically responsive space. Well suited for student and faculty recitals and concerts, the recital hall preserves and enhances the College's level of musical excellence. Student performers test their skills here, and students in the audience discover new musical interests as they are exhilarated by listening to live music.

Key Features

  • Square feet of recital hall: 4,050
  • Seating capacity of recital hall: 348
  • Type of stage floor: tongue-in-groove, cherry
  • Portable seated risers
  • Two Green Rooms
  • Sound-isolated control room
  • Separate rehearsal spaces for large ensembles, early music, and non-Western instruments
  • Square feet of early music hall: 1,125
  • Square feet of ethno music hall: 940
  • Square feet of large ensemble rehearsal room: 1,940


The Faulconer Gallery is an inspiring aesthetic experience. It also offers a valuable learning and teaching experience for students, faculty, and the campus community.

Key Features

  • Square feet of gallery space: 7,420
  • Climate control system
  • Flexible and functional exhibition space for diverse artistic genres
  • Special reception desk, which reflects the shape of the building
  • Five lighting zones, ranging from natural to five-foot candles
  • Square feet of storage space: 1,870
  • Square feet of workshop space: 725
  • Square feet of packing and preparation area: 1,200

Theatres and Dance Studio

The theatre component of the Bucksbaum Center allows for innovation and the means to enhance Grinnell's theatre tradition. The Flanagan Studio Theatre provides students and faculty with space for experimentation and refinement. Built to be flexible, the studio theatre allows for multiple seating arrangements and lighting possibilities.

Key Features

  • Square feet of studio theatre: 2,000
  • Seating capacity of studio theatre: variable, 120 maximum
  • Square feet of scene shop: 3,200 with paint area
  • Square feet of dance studio: 1,170
  • Dedicated dust collection system in scene shop
  • Number of major power tools: 10 including table saw, radial arm saw, drill press
  • Ceiling height in scene shop: 20 feet
  • Sprung floor in Roberts Theatre, properly constructed for dance
  • Separate welding room
  • Circuiting systems for lighting
  • House light system
  • Upgraded lighting and sound systems
  • Costume shop with separate dye, wash, and spray rooms
  • Sound/recording studio
  • One Green Room
  • Dressing and make-up rooms

Art Studios

A ceramics studio, a sculpture studio, a printmaking studio, a painting studio, and several multipurpose studios optimize faculty and student interaction. Students are no longer turned away from studio art courses because of a lack of space. In addition, art studios for visiting artists attract speakers and artists from around the nation, giving students exposure to a variety of artistic styles and techniques.

Key Features

  • Number of art studios: 11
  • Square feet of faculty art studios: 500
  • Square feet of sculpture studio: 2,200
  • Square feet of ceramics studio: 2,200
  • Square feet of multipurpose studio: 1,750
  • Square feet of printmaking studio: 2,400
  • Square feet of painting studio: 1,930
  • Square feet of drawing studio: 1,760
  • Track lighting in all studios
  • Special air handling and exhaust systems
  • Separate welding room
  • Separate kiln room
  • Art computer room

Music Practice, Classroom, and Lab Spaces

The Bucksbaum Center offers an environment that accommodates students and fulfills educational needs. Students have access to technologies that aid teaching and learning, including an electronic music laboratory, a multimedia arts laboratory, and a CD-ROM library of audio and visual materials.

Key Features

  • Total number of music practice rooms: 15
  • Square feet for practice rooms: varies from 50 to 250
  • Largest practice room: percussion
  • Special rooms for percussion, harp, and two-piano practice
  • Square feet of electronic music studio: 500
  • Thirteen-station music keyboard and computer lab
  • Multimedia production laboratory
  • Floor, ceiling, and wall treatments for sound isolation
  • Special software and hardware for music notation, ear training, and group keyboard instruction
  • Audio-, video-, and computer-equipped classrooms and seminar rooms
  • Climate control system for instrument storage