About Us

Center for Fine & Performing Arts Building at Night
Center for Fine and Performing Arts at Night

Mission

The mission of the Center for Fine & Performing Arts at the University of West Florida is to:

  • EDUCATE audiences (students and community) on the wide array of forms that artistic expression manifests itself;
  • ENRICH & ENGAGE the Northwest Florida community by providing high quality artistic events that enhance the quality of life in the region;
  • INSPIRE the creation of art, in all of its forms, by providing access to professional artists through workshops, masterclasses, exhibits, & performances. Additionally, the CFPA seeks to be a place for regional artists to showcase their work.

History

Built in 1991, The Center for Fine & Performing Arts (CFPA) at the University of West Florida is the heart of artistic expression for the university and a primary destination for arts and culture in Northwest Florida. Home to the Departments of Art, Music and Theatre at UWF, the CFPA specializes in showcasing the work of UWF students. Additionally, the CFPA, in conjunction with the three academic departments it houses, is committed to bringing artists from across the world for the enjoyment, enrichment and artistic development of UWF’s student body and the Northwest Florida community.

Previous guest artists include:

  • Natalia Benedetti, visual artist
  • Michael Chapdelaine, guitar
  • Alexandre Dossin, piano
  • Duo Turgeon, piano
  • Danny Helseth, euphonium
  • Ivo Kaltchev, piano
  • Sheila Klein, visual artist
  • Maria Martinez-Cañas, visual artist
  • Dean Mitchell, visual artist
  • Ney Rosauro, percussion
  • Louise Schulman, viola
  • Speak of Me As I Am (one man show by & featuring Thom Gossom)
  • St. Louis Brass
  • Naoko Takada, marimba
  • The Timm Woodwind Quintet
  • Twelfth Night (Cambridge American Shakespeare Tour, England)
  • Ana Vidovic, guitar

The CFPA plays host to various on-campus and community arts organizations, with performances in Music, Dance, Theatre, and Opera.


Facilities

The CFPA consists of three performance spaces, the Mainstage Theatre which seats 442, the Music Hall seating 309 and the Studio Theatre, an adjustable black box space that has variable seating capacity. In addition, the facility contains an approximately 1500 sq. ft. Art Gallery.