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Fisher Center at Bard

20 Years of Groundbreaking Artists and Performances

20th Anniversary Season

Breaking Ground

A celebration of innovative performance featuring SummerScape, the Bard Music Festival, the groundbreaking of our new studio building designed by Maya Lin, and more.

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“Since opening 20 years ago, the Fisher Center has emerged as a hothouse for the creation of uncompromising, cross-disciplinary and sometimes hard to describe hits.”—New York Times


For The New York Times, Jennifer Schuessler profiles the Fisher Center for our 20th anniversary season.


The piece features insights from Artistic Director Gideon Lester, President Leon Botstein, and artists Justin Peck, Pam Tanowitz, Daniel Fish, and Tania El Khoury about the center’s past, present, and future.


Bard College and the Fisher Center are pleased to announce that Maya Lin, renowned worldwide for her art, architecture, landscapes, and memorials, has been chosen to design a new performing arts studio building.


Situated in meadows to the west of the Fisher Center and overlooking woodlands and the Catskill mountains, the building will provide a home for Fisher Center LAB, the center’s acclaimed residency and commissioning program for professional artists. The studio building will also house rehearsal and teaching facilities for Bard’s undergraduate programs in Dance and in Theater and Performance.

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The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College is located in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, situated on the east bank of the Hudson River in the beautiful Hudson Valley, about 90 miles north of New York City and 220 miles southwest of Boston.