We are proud of our outstanding facilities.
The Willis A. and Janet S. Strauss Performing Arts Center, home to the Department of Music, was designed by Omaha architect Golden Zenon and completed in 1973. The complex itself boasts a tunable recital hall which seats 500, containing a Casavant Organ and a Steinway Concert Grand D, impressive acoustic isolation, large rehearsal rooms, a listening library and practice rooms. Strauss is a nexus of musical activity not only for the university, but for the city of Omaha as well.
The Henningson Memorial Campanile, rising 168 feet over the UNO campus, is one of only 180 such structures in the United States. The carillon is a four-octave, acoustically balanced instrument. It consists of 47 bronze bells cast by the bellfoundry of Paccard-Fonderie de Cloches in Annecy, France. The largest of the bells weighs 4,397 pounds and measures five feet in diameter by four feet in height. The combined weight of the 47 bells is 24,408 pounds.
The award-winning Weber Fine Arts Building, designed by Hardy, Holzman and Pfeiffer Associates of New York, was completed in 1992. This unique four-story, 300 feet-long structure houses the Departments of Art & Art History, Theatre, and Writer’s Workshop, the Black Box Theatre, the UNO Art Gallery and the college administrative offices. Inside, one will find studio spaces for drawing, printmaking, painting, papermaking, book arts, electronic imaging, art education, and graphic arts. Art History classes are taught in high-tech classrooms fitted with equipment for projecting slides, videos, CDs, PowerPoint presentations, and websites. A curator oversees the slide library, which contains over 100,000 slides.
The Black Box Theatre is a state-of-the-art facility. Using mobile seating units the space can be transformed from proscenium to thrust, in-the-round, or stadium-style seating, allowing productions in a wide array of configurations and styles. The theatre is equipped with a full-tension wire grid system which provides ample lighting positions and flexibility. Three balcony levels surround the stage floor providing additional stage and audience locations. Additional theatre classrooms include a drafting lab, acting studio, directing studio, and dressing and make-up rooms. The scene shop and costume shop are both equipped with equipment for all of our construction needs.
The UNO Art Gallery is a vital cultural and educational forum for the study, contemplation, and critical analysis of works of art. It strives to inform about the issues and challenges raised by the visual arts through the presentation of contemporary art (made in the last 20 years) from artists with regional and national reputations. These exhibitions expose students to the diversity and vitality of contemporary visual culture, making the significance of art and human values understandable to all. In addition, the UNO Art Gallery hosts a variety of events which supplement exhibitions. Along with the gallery openings, these events nurture and sustain the social, creative, and intellectual life of the department as well as provide opportunities to meet members and supporters of the Omaha art community.
The Ceramics and Sculpture studios are housed in an annex just a short walk from the Weber Fine Arts Building, providing additional workspace and visibility on campus.
The Castle of Perseverance performance space is adjacent to the Weber Fine Arts Building. Dedicated to the building and the art which is produced there, the castle is an outdoor amphitheatre which seats 100 audience members. Many professors use this space as a classroom on those sunny Nebraska afternoons.
The School of Communication, in Arts and Science Hall, has classrooms that are optimal for discussion and learning, while the computer labs allow for individual research. All rooms are appropriately equipped and each building provides high tech classrooms. UNO’s Speech Center, located in this building, consists of the Basic Course Room and the Speech Consulting Room. Coaching services are provided for all UNO students, graduate students, faculty, and staff, to assist with preparing oral presentations or incorporating them into regular coursework.
The newly renovated College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) includes office and studio space for Classical 90.7 KVNO & UNO TV. The building project added 20,000 square feet of classrooms and community meeting space. The state-of-the-art technology incorporated in interactive lecture halls and the open design create an atmosphere conducive to learning and academic excellence. The multi-use seminar spaces also encourage communication amongst departments, faculty, staff and students, as well as collaboration with the community.