The new Arts and Education Complex will bring together music, theater, digital communications, and the visual arts to create a campus centerpiece and gateway for culture and creativity.

The Arts and Education Complex, which will be prominently located at the corner of 15th and Washington Way, will serve as a highly visible entrance to campus – emphasizing OSU's commitment to the arts and to a culture of creativity. The Complex supports university goals of moving from a STEM to STEAM education model and provides additional performance and event space on campus. The Arts and Education Complex will serve as a statewide portal to the arts, enabling collaboration with public school systems throughout the state to ensure that all Oregonians have better access and exposure to the arts. Visit the Holst Architecture website for information about the design details that bring this dream to life.

The Arts and Education Complex will feature an acoustically superior concert hall that doubles as a classroom, and a smaller, black box performance space that can be configured in multiple ways for theater productions, rehearsals and teaching. The large stage will accommodate a range of performances from soloists to a 100-person chorus. Backstage and support space will be integrated throughout the Complex to support arts productions and break down barriers between teaching, rehearsal and performance. Art gallery space will feature secure, dramatically lit spaces with appropriate climate control for displaying OSU's art collections and featuring cutting-edge art shows.

Name a seat in the new Arts and Education Complex

You can make your mark on the future or celebrate someone special with an engraved plaque on one or more of these seats. Learn more


Arts & Education Leadership

OSU College of Liberal Arts appoints inaugural Patricia Valian Reser Director of Arts and Education

Peter Betjemann, a national expert on the history of art, design and literature, has been named the inaugural Patricia Valian Reser Director of Arts and Education for Oregon State University’s College of Liberal Arts.

Betjemann, director of the college’s School of Writing, Literature and Film since 2016, will oversee the opening of the university’s new arts and education complex. Construction of the $70 million complex will begin this summer with the 49,000-square foot center to open in January 2024. read more >

Peter Betjemann

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Arts & Education Complex Construction

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Prominently located at the corner of 15th Street and Washington Way, the Oregon State University Arts and Education Complex will serve as a highly visible entrance to campus - emphasizing the university’s commitment to the arts and to a culture of creativity.

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Building the dream

Sound decisions

A team of experts sweats out the smallest details to create superior acoustics for OSU's Arts and Education Complex

We usually think about the work of architects in terms of how the buildings they design look.

But for the designers of the Oregon State University Arts and Education Complex, another question was just as important: How will the building sound?

The facility, now under construction on the southeast corner of OSU’s Corvallis campus, will include the Lynne Hallstrom Detrick Concert Hall and a black box theater. The acoustics need to be terrific in both of those spaces.

And not just in there: The 49,000-square-foot building also will include a greenroom/classroom, a gallery, multiple areas to display artwork and a lobby area designed for flexibility. The sound needs to be good in those spaces as well.

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Peter Betjemann

Classroom Rehearsal Building

The project will also include a renovation to the current Anderson & Keeling Memorial Target Range, which will turn this historic building into classroom and rehearsal space. Built in 1910 as the original heat plant for campus, the building is a part of the Corvallis Historic District and required close coordination with the Corvallis Historic Commission to restore the character and appearance of the building. This world-class rehearsal space will accommodate up to 80 students for choral rehearsal and music history classes.

Project Details

Projected Start Date: Groundbreaking in June of 2020

Projected Completion Date: January 2024

Project Budget: $70 million

  • $35 million gifts
  • $35 million state-paid bonds

Project Manager: Julie Drolet

Construction Manager: Rick Freeman

Architect: Holst Architecture


Bringing the dream to life

Starting with a thrilling $25 million gift in 2017, over 175 donors have come together to support the Arts and Education Complex. Fundraising is ongoing and gifts of every amount will help make this dream a reality. If you’d like to learn about giving options—including naming a space in the new facility—contact Grady Goodall, Director of Development, at 541-231-1111 or Or you can click here to make a gift and name a seat today in the Lynne Hallstrom Detrick Recital Hall.