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Russell/Wanlass Performance Hall

Russell/Wanlass Performance Hall, which opened in January 2006, is a 20,000-square-foot building that serves USU, Cache Valley and the Intermountain region. The building is a gift from sisters Manon Caine Russell and Kathryn Caine Wanlass.

The facility features a 421-seat hall, a stage for up to 22 performers, and a lobby with glass windows overlooking a plaza. The hall's intimate scale is ideal for small acoustical performances, including chamber music, vocal and instrumental concerts, recitals, readings and lectures. An additional gift from George Caine provided state-of-the-art recording equipment, allowing the Caine Performance Hall the flexibility to be used as an exceptional recording studio.

Caine Lyric Theatre

The Caine Lyric Theatre is located in downtown Logan at 28 West Center, just around the corner from the Ellen Eccles Theatre. Newly restored and expanded in the summer of 2000, this 378-seat proscenium theater listed on the Utah State Historical Register (1913) is home to the Lyric Repertory Company and hosts USU Opera program performances.

Morgan Theatre

A 670-seat thrust theatre used for plays and small concerts and performances, the Morgan Theatre is the main performance venue for the USU Department of Theatre Arts. It also serves as a wonderful venue for music and dance concerts, as well as for conferences that want a more intimate performance venue.

Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art

(currently closed for renovations)

The Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and exhibiting modern and contemporary visual art. We promote dialogue about ideas that are fundamentally important to contemporary society, and we provide crucial support for the educational mission of Utah State University.

Named for its benefactor, the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art was founded in 1982 through an insightful and generous gift from the Nora Eccles Treadwell Foundation. The Museum’s 23,000 square foot, four-level purpose-built facility was designed by architect Edward Larabee Barnes. Emphasizing 20th- and 21st-century American art with an emphasis on art in the American West, today the collection consists of over 5,000 artworks. The museum’s collection development and growth have been supported by the Marie Eccles Caine Foundation, Kathryn C. Wanlass Foundation, Nora Eccles Treadwell Foundation, Janet Quinney Lawson Foundation, and Frederick Q. Lawson Foundation along with many individual donors.

The Museum organizes temporary exhibitions and numerous public events, all free of charge, to provide educational opportunities for USU undergraduate and graduate students as well as K-12 and community groups. These include class meetings, artist talks, curator talks, film screenings, educational activities, and tours designed to interpret, present, and foster learning about visual art. NEHMA also leads programs such as its Museum + Music Series and Family Art Days that are geared to bring together families, the community, and University.

The Museum provides educational opportunities for USU undergraduate and graduate students pursuing professional careers in the museum field through on-the-job training, independent study, and internships.

The museum is currently closed for renovations and an expansion and will reopen Spring 2018.

For more information visit: artmuseum.usu.edu

Projects Gallery

The Projects Gallery presents exhibitions featuring the work of visiting artists, faculty and students. Each year, the Art + Design Galleries present exhibitions by graduating BFA and MFA students, as well as the Annual Undergraduate Exhibition, in which student artwork is selected by noted artists and curators. As part of its role as a teaching facility, the Projects Gallery provides both Art History and Art Studio students hands-on experience in the fields of gallery methods and arts administration. The Projects Gallery is located in the Fine Arts Visual Building, Room 119.

Twain C. Tippetts Exhibition Hall

(currently closed for renovations)