The John M. Reeves Fine Arts Building is a cultural venue for the Fayetteville community, where people of all ages come to enjoy concerts, theatre productions, pageants, lectures, and other special events. In its new form, Reeves will be a visible, distinctive presence from Ramsey Street, which is a desirable trait for a structure that will often serve as a gateway for campus visitors who visit Methodist University for the first time to attend an event.
A generous $1 million gift from Terri Union and the late Carlos Zukowski has funded the Union-Zukowski Lobby and Gallery (artistically rendered at right). The lobby and gallery will connect the renovated Huff Concert Hall with the new Matthews Ministry Center and serve as a site for receptions and gatherings prior to performances and services. The area will also serve as a gallery to display works of art, including those of students, faculty, and visiting artists. The Union-Zukowski gift will also fund a Judaic Studies Endowment, which will provide funding for guest lecturers, programs on international issues, mission trips, art exhibitions, and visits to historic sites such as the Holocaust Museum, and three endowed professorships in the fine arts, which will not only allow the University to recognize outstanding teaching and scholarship, but also attract exceptional faculty to Methodist University.
Murray Duggins and his wife Nancy pledged $300,000 to the Reeves Fine Arts Building project to build the Nancy and Murray Duggins Theatre (artistically rendered at left), which will be a venue for theatrical productions and performances.
Funded in part by a $2.5 million gift from longtime MU supporters Sharon and Ron Matthews, the Matthews Ministry Center is the heart of the University’s ministry to the campus, the region, the country, and the world at large. The center will have multipurpose uses as a flexible recital hall seating up to 325 people, with an adjacent meeting room. Joined by the renovated and expanded Union-Zukowski Lobby and Gallery to the John M. Reeves Fine Arts Building, the Matthews Ministry Center will provide the University a much-needed performance space.
Linda and Ralph Huff have generously donated $1.5 million to renovate the auditorium in the John M. Reeves Fine Arts Building. More than 20,000 guests visit the auditorium each year for events ranging from graduation ceremonies to nationally recognized musical artists. The auditorium serves as the hub for performances and events at Methodist University, including musical performances, theatrical productions, cultural events, ceremonies, and lectures.
Under the University’s Master Plan, the Music and Theatre Departments will also see new growth, with plans for extensive renovations as well as expansions to the back section of Reeves. Expansions will be made on both floors to benefit the Department of Music and Department of Theatre.
Naming Opportunities are available for the Matthews Ministry Center, Reeves Fine Arts Building, Huff Concert Hall, the Music Department, and the Theatre Department.