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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.


The UWF Singers music ensemble performing in the Music Hall in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018.

UWF Singers present the Florida premiere ‘Considering Matthew Shepard’

The University of West Florida’s Dr. Grier Williams School of Music is proud to sponsor the UWF Singers as they present the Florida premiere of “Considering Matthew Shepard.” Performances will be held on Friday and Saturday, November 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mainstage Theatre at the Center for Fine and Performing Arts on the Pensacola campus.

UWF Department of Theatre presents Disney’s “Shakespeare in Love”

The University of West Florida Department of Theatre presents Shakespeare in Love based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, adapted for the stage by Lee Hall with music by Paddy Cunneen. Performances will be held Oct. 29-31 and Nov. 5-7 with shows at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. All performances will take place in the Mainstage Theatre of the Center for Fine and Performing Arts, Building 82, on the UWF Pensacola Campus.

Dr. Grier Williams School of Music presents John O’Conor, piano in concert

The University of West Florida and the Dr. Grier Williams School of Music invite you to join us for a special concert by John O’Conor, piano on Friday, October 15 at 7 p.m. The concert will be held in the Rolfs Music Hall at the Center for Fine and Performing Arts on the 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
Rolfs 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 

Jerre Brisky

Johnny Marks

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