The Leslie S. Wright Fine Arts Center at Samford University is the premier destination for the Performing Arts in the Birmingham Metro Area. Celebrating our 35th Year, we are proud to be the home for the Alabama Ballet, Opera Birmingham, the Alabama Dance Festival, the Birmingham Music Club, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra's SuperPops Series, and several of Samford's very own School of the Arts performances.
Brock Recital Hall
Jane Hollock Brock Hall was dedicated in October 2006 and named for the wife of longtime Samford trustee and supporter Harry B. Brock, Jr. Brock Recital Hall is home to the Davis Architects Guest Artist Series, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster and Friends, and the SuperJazz Big Band, as well as the numerous ensembles within the Division of Music. The recital hall is equipped with adjustable panels within its walls to adapt the acoustics to suit the needs of the performers. A slide show of images from the Brock Recital Hall can be viewed at the website for the Birmingham, Alabama, chapter of the American Institute for Architects.
Set off the ornate Bolding Gardens and inside Swearingen Hall, Harrison Theatre is a proscenium-thrust arrangement that seats 288. Opened in 1976, this theatre features a 33-foot revolve, ample wing space, and one of the largest scene paint decks in the state. Named in honor of Ben F. Harrison, a longtime supporter of Samford University, Harrison Theatre was updated during the summer of 2006. Harrison Theatre is home to the Michael J. and Mary Anne Freeman Theatre and Dance Series.
Bolding Studio, dedicated on October 14, 2006, is named for Samford alumna Bonnie Bolding Swearingen. As a Samford student, Mrs. Swearingen participated in a variety of activities, including drama and the Samford Bands. The versatile studio named in her honor reflects her dedication to all forms of performing art. Musicals, plays, vocal and instrumental recitals, choir rehearsals, lectures, and more are presented in this intimate space.
The newly opened Art Lofts is an expansive and modern educational space for visual arts faculty and students in sculpture, ceramics, painting, design and drawing. The open and bright interior features an atrium connecting two levels of classrooms, small studios, large workrooms and office space.
Jane Hollock Brock Hall was dedicated in 2006 in honor of the wife of university trustee Harry B. Brock Jr. The state-of-the-art facility includes the 330-seat Brock Recital Hall, studios, classrooms and rehearsal halls for the instrumental music program.
Bonnie Bolding Swearingen Hall was named in 2007 for a Samford alumna and benefactor. This part of the fine arts complex includes Ben F. Harrison Theatre, the Samford Art Gallery, Bolding Studio and classrooms, offices, studios and other facilities for the theatre, dance, music and art departments.
John H. Buchanan Hall, the primary home to Samford’s School of the Arts, was completed in 1958. In 1960, it was named in honor of a trustee and pastor of Birmingham’s Southside Baptist Church.
Samford Art Gallery
The Gallery is home to exhibits throughout the year featuring works of students, faculty, alumni and guest artists. Located in Swearingen Hall, the gallery is open to the Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and free to the public.
Boren Courtyard Stage
Samford's first outdoor performance space opened last fall and is the setting of small concerts, theatre productions, opera events and more. The stage is located between the Buchanan and Brock Halls.
Julie Averett Phillips Dance Studios
The Department of Theatre and Dance has two on-campus dance studios in Seibert Hall. These studios provide a practice area for both the Dance Company as well as for theatre students throughout the year.
Interior Architecture Studio
The Department of Interior Architecture is located on the top floor of Swearingen Hall and features a state-of-the-art studio space with offices, a design studio, project review area and conference room.