The main attraction

The sound of construction equipment music to our ears. Work begins in winter at the Roger Glass Center for the Arts, located on Main Street.

It is the first building of the University dedicated to concerts, dance and theater performances and art exhibitions. The center’s main donor is Roger Glass ’67, a Dayton-area entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is President and CEO of Marion’s Piazza.

President Eric F. Spina said the center will showcase the works of faculty, visiting artists, and community members – and in particular works of art created and performed by students from across the University.

“The great thing about the facility, and really the great thing about the arts at the University of Dayton, is that there are so many students involved in all areas – engineers in our orchestra and English majors in our acting troupe,” Spina said. “The arts have really grown here, and the students need a facility like this. It is a gift for our students, for the University and for the community, and we thank Roger for his generosity in making this installation possible.

“This is a gift for our students, for the University and for the community, and we thank Roger for his generosity in making this installation possible.”

The 51,000 square foot facility was designed in consultation with local arts organizations to complement existing venues in the area and increase the connection between campus and community arts programs. It provides specialized arts and media spaces not currently available on campus and will also help the University recruit students interested in the arts.

The center is designed to meet LEED Gold environmental standards. Students could create their own soft music at the center by the end of 2023.

Location: Southeast corner of Main and Stewart streets

  • UD bought the former brownfield site from NCR Corp. in 2005.
  • “The Roger Glass Center for the Arts will be the front door of the university, an entry point for the campus community, and an architectural bridge between the historic campus and the new development that will occur in onMain, the neighborhood of imagination of Dayton.” —Jason Pierce, former Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

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