The River Campus is home to the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts (HSVPA) at Southeast Missouri State University, consisting of four separate, adjacent units.
The Seminary Building is a handsomely restored building, the oldest section of which dates to 1845. It houses the offices of the interim director and the assistant director of the SVPA, as well as the faculty offices for the Departments of Art, Music and Theatre/Dance. The original seminary chapel has been converted to an acoustically and aesthetically remarkable Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall. There are two large, shared classrooms, two design studios, one tiered classroom, one medium and one small classroom. Eleven music practice rooms are located on the lowest floor, as well as the Art Gallery and Arts Resource Center (ARC) which also serves as a computer lab.
This 180-bed dorm facility is located just north of the original Cultural Arts Center and Historic Seminary building forming the completion of a River Campus quad. This newer building that opened in 2014 adds academic along with residence hall space on the same property. The building combines a new, modern feel but with elements of the historic St. Vincent’s College and Seminary grounds. The first floor of the new facility features a 120-seat dining area overlooking the river. Also included is a directing/acting blackbox studio, dance studio with a sprung floor, a spacious choral rehearsal room and sectional practice rooms. An art education classroom is located on the mezzanine, and part of the second floor houses acting/directing, music, art and dance faculty offices.
The Cultural Arts Center is a completely new structure containing the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall, a large, state-of-the-art proscenium theatre which seats 951 persons on two levels and two balconies. A large shop for set and scene construction and a costume shop are located behind the theatre. The smaller, flexible Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre has a seating capacity of 190 and allows for several seating configurations. The dance studio is adjacent and features a custom-constructed “sprung” floor for rehearsals and dance concerts. A large instrumental rehearsal room provides work space for the Symphony Orchestra, the Wind Symphony, the Concert Band, the Percussion Ensemble, and various smaller groups. In the lower level of the Cultural Arts Building are located art studios for painting, drawing and fibers.
The Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Southeast Missouri Regional Museum is located off the lobby of the Bedell Performance Hall. This interactive museum will provide a venue for educational outreach by featuring exhibits that highlight the region’s rich history. Ample space is also available for traveling art exhibits of national stature. The Museum contains the offices of the director and staff.
On the west end of the River Campus complex and adjacent to the Bedell Performance Hall is the John and Betty Glenn Convocation Center. This 2,435-square-foot area provides facilities for meetings, receptions, or formal dinners and especially pre- and post-concert events. This large area may be divided into small and large dining rooms with seating and round tables for 24 and 144, respectively.