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Performing Arts Lab


Bard College is 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 for the Fisher Center at Bard, in partnership with architects Bialosky and Partners and theater and acoustic consultants Charcoalblue.


Situated in meadows to the west of the Fisher Center and overlooking woodlands and the Catskill mountains, the building will house rehearsal and teaching facilities for artists at all stages of their careers, including students from Bard’s undergraduate programs in Dance and in Theater and Performance. The Performing Arts Lab will also serve as the home for Fisher Center LAB, the center’s acclaimed residency and commissioning program for professional artists.

The 23,500-square-foot building will contain four spacious, state-of-the-art studios for academic classes, artist residencies, rehearsals, and informal performances. It will function as a laboratory for the performing arts, where students and professional artists work side by side, informing each other’s practices and sharing their discoveries and works-in-progress with audiences from the Bard community and the public.

With a sloping grass-covered roof, the spiral-shaped building will appear to emerge from the meadow surrounding it, encircling a grassy courtyard for outdoor classes, gatherings, and performances.

Groundbreaking for the studio building will take place in April 2024; the building is scheduled to open early in 2026.

“Our new studio building will help fulfill the purpose and potential of the Fisher Center after its first glorious two decades.”

Jeanne Donovan Fisher, Fisher Center Board Chair

Maya Lin






“We are deepening our mission as a creative home for artists, where we make radical, long-term investments in their practices at all stages of their careers, and help them realize their artistic dreams. It’s fitting that Maya Lin, herself a peerless artist, is developing this home for artists.”

Gideon Lester, Fisher Center Artistic Director

The Campaign

The Fisher Center at Bard invites you to partner with us on our Performing Arts Lab. Your major gift in support of this landmark building will catalyze a new stage of growth for our cultural campus and creative home, serving artists at all stages of their careers for decades to come.

“Bard is honored and proud to have Maya Lin as the architect of its new performing arts studio building. Her artistry will enhance the beauty of the Hudson Valley and offer a remarkable complement to Frank Gehry’s Fisher Center for the Performing Arts.”

Leon Botstein, Bard College President

For More Information

Alessandra Larson

Director of Institutional Advancement and Strategy