About the HBFFAC

The Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center offers classroom space, two theatres, an art gallery, outdoor sculpture garden, TV studio, photography studio and more.

Hallie Brown Fine Arts Center Front Windows at night

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The Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center  (HBFFAC) was made possible by 39 donors, with donations ranging from $2,500 to 6.8 million.

The HBFFAC is 85,000sf, the size of 1 city block. It was constructed with just over 10,000 concrete blocks.

The David A. and Alma R. Lockmiller Grand Lobby is 42' tall and is frequently used for banquets and receptions.

The HBFFAC features 3 multi-purpose classrooms,  3 computer labs, 6 art studios, vocal and instrumental rehearsal halls, multimedia studios for Photography and TV/Audio production, and full theatre support facilities.

The Art Gallery features the work of nationally renowned and locally known artists as well as student and faculty shows. The hallways outside of the art gallery display ECU's permanent collection of art including art from Salvador Dali, Ludolf Liberts, Francisco Goya and a work attributed to Matisse.

The Sculpture Garden displays student and faculty work, and is accessible from the lobby or from the working sculpture garden behind the brick wall.

The art studios feature northern skylights to provide even lighting throughout the day. The four art classrooms along the east side of the building house painting, foundations of art, drawing and printmaking. There are also two additional studios for ceramics and sculpture that open onto the working sculpture garden.

The Dr. Arthur W. Kennedy Band room contains percussion rehearsal space, storage for instruments, a band library and 8 private practice rooms. It is also used from time to time for performances.

The Choral Hall has brand new Wenger choir risers, and features a unique acoustic ceiling.

Recording Studio- Students complete 30 minute assignment radio segment which air through KGOU, a public radio station licensed to OU. This partnership  was made and has continued since 2007. These programs are produced entirely by ECU students and can be heard locally on 97.9.

The William C. Thrash Television Studio features 3 digital HD cameras with teleprompters and is the first true high-def TV studio in this part of Oklahoma. The studio is large enough to contain multiple sets including a green screen. The TV studio also has special soundproofing between it and the rest of the building to cut down on extra noise, and is on a separate slab to cut down on vibrations.

The Ataloa Theatre is a large proscenium theatre that seats up to 1,089 patrons with both floor (805) and balcony (284) seating available. The highest point of the building is 85' above the stage. The orchestra pit is automated to be able to have it at lower levels for musicals and dance, or bring to bring it up in order to extend the apron of the stage for music and speaking events.

We have four dressing rooms for the Ataloa Theatre. Two are chorus dressing rooms which together accommodate approximately 25 with restrooms, sinks, and showers as well as lit make-up mirrors. There are also two lead, or star dressing rooms that can accommodate 1-2 people each with restrooms and showers. The Chalmers Herman Theatre has two of its own dressing rooms in the same style that accommodate 5-8 each.

The Chalmers Herman Theatre is an intimate flexible space theatre that can be arranged in any configuration (proscenium, arena, traverse, thrust) for a maximum of approximately 120 patrons. It features lighting locations on two levels, as well as possible audience seating or additional acting space on the first tier. In a thrust arrangement it currently seats 80 patrons.

The Edna Mae Query Cooley Costume Shop is where costumes for ECU theatre productions are created and altered for shows.

The Peshehonoff Scene Shop is the construction area for ECU theatre productions that happen in the Ataloa and Chalmers Herman Theatres. It feature a dust collection system throughout to help with air quality and prevent fire hazards. It also features specific areas in the shop for construction, painting and technical design work.

The HBFFAC has eight spaces that are used as performance venues including the Ataloa Theatre, Chalmers Herman Theatre, Art Gallery, Sculpture Garden, David A. and Alma R. Lockmiller Grand Lobby, Dr. Arthur W. Kennedy Band Room, Choral Hall, William C. Thrash Television Studio.