The Kevin P. Mahaney '84 Center for the Arts serves as a hub of arts activity on campus. Opened in 1992 as the Middlebury College Center for the Arts, this visual and performing arts facility serves the College and the surrounding communities. Its primary purpose is to provide an environment for the creation of art, and to invite audiences to experience the work of local, national, and international artists. The building was renamed in 2007, helping to usher in its 15th anniversary season.
Known on campus as the "MCA," the Mahaney Center for the Arts is home to the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the black-box style Seeler Studio Theatre, the dance theatre, and a stunning 370-seat recital hall. The academic year is filled with a variety of exciting performances and exhibitions, offering our college community a unique opportunity to participate in the arts.
In spring 2014, we welcomed back Rehearsals Cafe, with beverage service and light fare from 8:30 AM-2:30 PM Monday-Friday, plus some performance evenings, during the academic year.
The arts extend beyond the walls of the MCA as well, with film and media culture programs in Dana Auditorium and the Axinn Center, theatre productions in Wright Theatre and the Hepburn Zoo, studio art shows in Johnson, independent student exhibitions in the Center Gallery in McCullough, special events in Mead Chapel, and more.
with a description by Director of the Arts Glenn Andres.
Find the MCA
on Route 30 South/Main Street, about 1/2 mile south of town. Our street address is:
72 Porter Field Rd.
Middlebury, Vermont 05753
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The Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts was designed and built by Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates (1987–1992) as a venue for art exhibition and performance (including a surround concert hall, a studio theater, and a dance performance space), as well as a home for academic programs in theater, music, and dance.
In this facility Middlebury acquired not only a lively center for its varied arts enterprises but also an instructive work of art in its own right. Its designers set out with purpose to make it challenging, surprising, irreverent—anything but easy to take for granted. They wanted to pose problems and stimulate responses on the part of its users that would bring into focus many of the issues that post-modern architects were confronting as they sought to move away from the impersonal universal solutions, ideal Platonic forms, and “less is more” philosophy of the High International Style.
Glenn M. Andres
Christian A. Johnson Professor of Art
Director of the Arts
View a slideshow of images showing the many faces of the Mahaney Center for the Arts.