University of Saint Francis, Mimi and Ian Rolland Art and Visual Communications Center

Fort Wayne, Indiana

  • FIRM

    Design Collaborative


    Department of Art and Visual Communication

  • AREA

    34,000 sq.ft.





The Mimi and Ian Rolland Art and Visual Communications Center at the University of Saint Francis is distinctive. A renovation of two former warehouse structures, the center has aesthetic qualities that are perfect for the creative process. High ceilings, natural light and wide-open spaces contribute to the feeling that you’re in a New York artist’s loft. Unlike a ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$130.00FEATURED IN2001 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation classroom building, this center stimulates creativity and expression.

The center houses the university’s art and communication programs. It is from this restored complex that students emerge as woodworkers, photographers, ceramic artists, painters, sculptors, computer art animators, television and radio producers, graphic designers, weavers, printmakers, video editors, art teachers, writers, jewelry designers, media planners, art therapists and more. Education is delivered more easily through expanded studios, classrooms and technology. The facility is equipped to accommodate nearly 550 computer stations, and features the ultimate in editing and computer-based art technologies.

But this center is not just for students. The entire region has access to it as a cultural center for the arts. With this expansion in gallery facilities, the University of Saint Francis has hosted exhibits, activities and events for the enrichment of everyone in northeast Indiana.