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Center for Fine & Performing Arts

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.

CFPA News

UWF completes installation of STEAM public sculptures

The mission of the Reubin O’D. Askew Institute of Multidisciplinary Studies is now embodied in two permanent sculpture installations at the University of West Florida’s Pensacola campus.

Dr. Leonid Yanovskiy, director of the UWF String Program, conducts the “Runge Strings” Orchestra as they rehearse for their upcoming performance at the University of West Florida.

Donor gifts $150,000 to support UWF Department of Music students, honor director of strings

The University of West Florida announced today a gift of $150,000 by an anonymous donor honoring Dr. Leonid Yanovskiy, the director of strings in the UWF Music Department. The gift will support the Arthur Thal Scholarship Endowment, which benefits students studying any string instrument.

The Department of Theatre in the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities presents Othello at the Mainstage Theatre at the Center for Fine and Performing Arts, Building 82, on the Pensacola campus from October 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. and October 20 and 27 at 2:30 p.m.

UWF Department of Theatre presents William Shakespeare’s “Othello”

The University of West Florida Department of Theatre presents, William Shakespeare’s “Othello.” Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 19, 25-26 and at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 20 and 27. All performances will take place in the Mainstage Theatre of the Center for Fine and Performing Arts, Building 82 on the UWF Pensacola Campus.

Venue Rentals

Mainstage Theatre stage as seen from back of the house
Mainstage Theatre

An intimate 427 Seat Proscenium Theatre equipped with a full fly rail system, creative apron entrances, and Full Orchestra Pit.

Music Hall as seen from onstage with Steinway grand piano
Music Hall

A 309 seat space designed for acoustic performances. The space is also ideal for lectures, presentations and awards ceremonies.

Isometric image of the Studio Theatre with seating and baby grand piano
Studio Theatre

The Studio Theatre is a multi-functional black box with a full lighting grid, booth and flexible seating of up to 150 depending on configuration.

Art Gallery
The Art Gallery (TAG)

The Art Gallery features 10 art exhibitions per year. With almost 1,500 sq. feet of floor space in an interesting layout, it is a great space to rent for intimate gatherings or small symposiums.

For more information or to inquire about space rental, please contact Johnny Marks, Coordinator, 850.857.6197

The Art Gallery (TAG)

The Art Gallery (TAG) at the University of West Florida seeks to challenge, stimulate, and engage students and the greater public through direct interaction with works of contemporary art. The Art Gallery’s annual series of revolving exhibitions highlights innovative regional, national, and international artists and artwork. These exhibitions seek to promote contemporary critical thinking and cultural inspiration for the benefit of UWF students and the greater Gulf Coast community.

Students relaxing near the fountain at the CFPA
Our 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.
Eric Whitacre
Previous Visiting Artists
  • Eric Whitacre, composer
  • Ivo Kaltchev, piano
  • Sheila Klein, visual artist
  • Maria Martinez-Cañas, visual artist
  • Dean Mitchell, visual artist
  • Brian Downen, tenor
  • Louise Schulman, viola
  • Sabbatical, a devised theatrical performance by Bright Metal Porductions
  • St. Louis Brass
  • Naoko Takada, marimba
  • Blake Tyson, percussion
  • Twelfth Night (Cambridge American Shakespeare Tour, England)
  • Christopher Creviston and Hannah Creviston, saxophone and piano

Map and Directions

The Center for Fine & Performing Arts at UWF

Building 82
11000 University Parkway
Pensacola, Florida 32514

Box Office 
850.857.6285

Director
Jerre Brisky
850.857.6057

Coordinator
Johnny Marks
850.857.6197

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