Student learning and performing has been enhanced to the highest degree as the result of the new Hess Fine Arts Center. The open atmosphere allows students and faculty to work comfortably while exploring the opportunities available through naturally lit art studios, music computer labs, and state-of-the-art recording equipment. Faculty members have even expanded their course offerings to include a new graphic design program.
The Hess Fine Arts Center unites McPherson College’s fine arts and performing arts programs with discipline-specific teaching, study spaces, and equipment.
State-of-the-art equipment allows the art department to offer new courses including video art, environment / installation, and assemblage/collage. Students benefit directly by using current equipment, allowing for better preparation for internship and job opportunities in art. Art rooms include:
Students enrolled in Class Piano, Sight Singing and Ear Training, and Choral Techniques give the music computer lab an enthusiastic thumbs up! This lab contains a complete set of state-of-the-art, Yamaha Clavinova electric pianos and a Macintosh computer for each keyboard. Both music faculty and students benefit from the opportunity to practice and perform on new high-quality pianos, including a 9-foot Steinway concert grand and seven Yamaha baby grands. A suite of practice rooms is available to all students virtually anytime, and a digital recording studio is available for students to learn the art of audio recording, digital editing, and sound reinforcement.