River Campus, part of Southeast Missouri State University, is the only institution in the state to have a separate arts campus. Beautifully situated on the banks of the Mississippi River, the River Campus houses the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts and is only minutes from downtown Cape Girardeau and Southeast’s central campus; this unique facility combines the best of the old and the new. And in December 2012, thanks to all the interest in our programs, the universities Board of Regents approved construction of new academic and residence hall spaces in order to keep up with demand. This initiative will provide additional instructional spaces and a housing option adjacent to the River Campus.
The Seminary building, original parts of which date from 1845, is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Fully renovated inside and out, it houses offices, studios and classrooms for the Departments of Art, Music and Theatre & Dance. The lower floor contains practice rooms as well as the shared Art Resource Center, a student work center containing music scores, art slides, video and audio recordings, and a computer lab. The building also includes a musical performance space.
The former seminary chapel has been transformed into the 205-seat Robert and Gertrude Shuck Music Recital Hall. This handsome space, which retains the historic stained glass windows, is acoustically “dressed” for mid-sized musical performances and includes its own “green room” below.
The complete works of Bach and Beethoven, Broadway musical scores, artwork on slides, CDs, dance reference books and videos are available at your fingertips in the Arts Resource Center (ARC). The ARC provides you easy access to these materials by bringing them together in an inviting atmosphere. The 1,675 square-foot space comprises two adjoining rooms with comfortable furniture, wireless internet access and computer stations. It also serves as the main computer lab for River Campus.
Adjacent to the seminary building is the new edifice that plays home to a variety of cultural spaces in addition to visual art studios for painting, drawing, fibers and design as well as panoramic views of the Emerson Bridge, the Mississippi River and Illinois.
Adjacent to the seminary building is the new edifice that plays home, in part, to Southeast's growing dance program. The Dance Studio allows dancers to rehearse for upcoming concerts and provides space for smaller productions. The lower level of the new building on the south side contains visual art studios for painting, drawing, fibers and design as well as cutting edge performance spaces.
The Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall, also part of the Cultural Arts Center, accomodates 950 guests. This state-of-the-art performance space has played host to plays, large instrumental and vocal music concerts, musicals, and ballets. A professional-sized orchestra pit will accommodate instrumental groups to accompany actors and singers in the presentation of Broadway musicals and operas.
Also part of the complex is the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre a “black box” that allows for various seating configurations, depending on the production. With 180 seats, this space caters to smaller, more intimate, theatrical productions. The River Campus not only provides excellent facilities for the creation of art, but also provides spaces to exhibit and to learn about art.
While comprehensive degree programs are offered in all departments for university students, the new facility provides a venue for educational outreach in the region, including the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum situated in front of the Bedell Performance Hall. The museum features interactive exhibits which highlight the region’s history and development.
The John and Betty Glenn Convocation Center is located on the southwest corner of the property. It provides rent-able space for meetings, pre-concert lectures, pre- and post-event receptions, and special community and educational events in a well-appointed and convenient location.
The new 90,000-square-foot, 180-bed River Campus Center is just north of the original Convocation Center and Seminary Building, forming the completion of a River Campus quad. The original River Campus opened in 2007. The new facility adds academic along with residence hall space on the same property. Contractor for the expansion was River City Construction, LLC.
While the new construction offers a new, modern feel, elements of the historic St. Vincent’s College and Seminary, predecessor to the River Campus, are present. The original College sign and bricks from a handball court carved with seminarians’ initials are just inside the foyer, and the exterior red brick meshes with the storied property.
The first floor of the new facility features a 120-seat dining area overlooking the river. It offers continental breakfast, retail-style lunch and cafeteria-style dinner Monday-Friday, along with family style dinners on weekend nights. An outdoor seating area on the east side of the building is still in progress with completion set for late September.
The first floor of the new building also includes a directing/acting blackbox studio, a 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.
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