The Lenfest Center for the Arts is a multi-use facility designed and equipped to accommodate a broad spectrum of the performing arts, including theater, musical theater, opera and operetta, choral and band music, dance and performance art in one energizing complex.
Arts at W&L
Arts at W&L
At Washington and Lee, our arts program is more than just a major or minor. It goes beyond the classroom, playing a role in campus life, performances and projects, on-campus museums, and downtown exploration.
Performances in Lenfest Theater. Art installations and exhibitions in Staniar Gallery. Musical ensembles and visiting musicians. Collections of paintings, porcelain, and historical documents. All of these things are accessible to students, staff, faculty, and visitors to the Washington and Lee campus.
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The Museums at Washington and Lee University support the university as an interdisciplinary teaching resource through the preservation, study, interpretation and exhibition of its collections. The Museums at WLU are composed of three areas: The University Chapel & Galleries; the Reeves Collection; and the Art Collection.
W&L's campus has several art galleries to showcase both our own collection of art, as well as rotating exhibits comprised of student, faculty, and visiting artist pieces.
Our campus is home to an authentic Japanese Tea Room for performing Japanese Tea Ceremonies. This piece of art is open for viewing, as well as public tea demonstrations throughout the year.
As the ninth oldest institution of higher learning in the nation, Washington and Lee boasts a long history. Much of this history is recognized across our campus in our historical sites and markers. We encourage all visitors to explore these areas and learn more about W&L as an institution and its past.
Wilson Hall contains a 300 seat, state-of-the-art concert hall which hosts the University's many student and faculty ensemble groups, as well as world renowned concert artists. Most of these performances (both free and ticketed) are open to all members of the campus and wider Lexington community.
The Keller Theatre is a 415-seat proscenium theatre located in the Lenfest Center for the Arts. Equipped with state-of-the-art sound and lighting, full fly tower with slip weight counterweight rigging, trapped stage floor, and an orchestra pit elevator, the Keller boasts an impressive stage house capable of handling most performances.
The Johnson Theatre is a 170-seat black box theatre located in the Lenfest Center. Equipped with audience seating that can be set up in multiple configurations providing students the opportunity to work in arena, alley, thrust, and other dynamic set ups.
Located in the Elrod Commons, Stackhouse Theater functions not only as a gathering place for club meetings, but also as a movie theater for weekly free movie showings (popcorn included) and student performances, as well as guest speakers and club-sponsored film viewing nights.