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Butler Arts Center
Arts & Events


Butler has an extensive arts complex hosting a wide range of performances and events each year. The performing arts spaces on campus include the 2,200-seat Clowes Memorial Hall, the new 450-seat Schrott Center for the Arts, the intimate 140-seat Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall, and Lilly Hall, home to Butler’s Jordan College of the Arts.

Clowes Memorial Hall

This 2,200 seat theatre in the heart of Butler’s campus is home to more than 100 performances and events each year, including concerts, Broadway productions, lectures by internationally-acclaimed speakers, educational events for teachers and schools, and much more. Since opening in 1963, more than 9 million people have seen a performance in Clowes Memorial Hall.  

Schrott Center for the Arts

Adjacent to Clowes Memorial Hall, this 450-seat theatre opened in 2013 as an intimate space for performance. Throughout the year, Schrott Center hosts the annual Butler ArtsFest, productions by students and faculty, visual art exhibitions, and much more. 

Eidson Duckwall Recital Hall

Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall

Butler University's Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall, an acoustically superior 140-seat concert venue in Robertson Hall, opened on December 3, 2004. This $3 million facility serves as a prestigious showplace for both faculty and student recitals and guest performances.

The recital hall includes a roughly 300-square-foot white oak stage and 1500 square feet of room for the audience in twelve rows of chairs on white oak floors. The walls are ornamented with mahogany wainscoting and trim. The venue includes a facility for receptions following performances.

The hall was funded by the late Ruth Duckwall Rasmussen Williams, '39, and was named in honor of her parents, Paul Duckwall and Iva Eidson-Duckwall, who was a faculty member of the Jordan Conservatory of Music (now Jordan College of the Arts). The lobby is named for civic leader Sidney Weedman, a member of Butler's class of 1960 and a former member of the university's faculty and board of trustees.

Lilly Hall

Lilly Hall

Situated next door to Clowes Hall, Lilly Hall anchors the northeast corner of the Butler campus. Dedicated on December 9, 1962, the building is home to the School of Music, the departments of Dance and Theatre, as well as the Arts Administration and Art+Design programs .

The building is named after Eli Lilly, founder of the drug company that bears his name, due to a large donation given to the Jordan College of Music through the auspices of the Lilly Endowment. Lilly Hall boasts numerous faculty offices, practice rooms, dance studios and also serves as the home for the music libraries of the band, orchestra, and choral departments.

In 1994, the Prototype Multimedia Teaching Facility, now called the Multisensory Learning Facility, was added. In 2003, a major addition to Lilly Hall was completed, the Allen Whitehill Clowes Pavilion, adding rehearsal facilities for each of the ensembles, a new percussion studio and a new home to the Electronic Music Studio, as well as facilities for the theatre and dance departments