On Friday, April 28, community members gathered on the University of Wisconsin-Superior campus to experience music, art, presentations, and video productions in celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Holden Fine and Applied Arts Center.
The Holden Fine and Applied Arts Center first opened its doors on the University of Wisconsin-Superior campus in 1973. The goal of this building was to create a space for Visual Arts, Communicating Arts, and Musical Arts to merge.
The $4.5 million-dollar project saw the construction of numerous additions to the campus, including new classrooms, a theater, art galleries, offices, studios, offices, a recital hall, and spaces for rehearsal.
Named after Paul E. Holden, a philanthropist, and former UW-Superior Foundation President, the UWS facility has acted as a space for numerous art shows, theater productions, and radio broadcasts since its opening.
According to the UWS website “During it’s time, Holden Fine and Applied Arts Center have been home to over 1,000 theatre performances, more than 800 gallery exhibits of visual arts and more than 1,000 recitals.”
The on-campus event provided attendees with refreshments, as well as a visit to the KUWS radio station and a self-guided tour of the facilities located within the influential building.