Gaertner Performing Arts Center

Opened in fall 2010, the Gaertner Performing Arts Center is a showcase for artistic talent and creative works, serving the community and the region. It serves as a world-class academic facility for students in The College of Arts & Media.


  • 800-seat concert hall (right, top)
  • 175-seat recital hall (right, middle)
  • 150-seat dance theatre (right, bottom)
  • Outdoor performance space
  • Dance studios
  • Practice rooms
  • Dressing rooms
  • Audition areas
  • Scene shop for set construction
  • Costume shop
  • More than 90,000 square feet of total space
Gaertner Performing Arts Center Payne Concert Hall
Gaertner Performing Arts Center Recital Hall
Gaertner Performing Arts Center Dance Theatre

Putting the Art in the James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center

The marriage of Art and Architecture elevates Sam Houston State University’s new, 100,000 square foot James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center to a rare space on campus.  WHR Architects, along with a University art committee, chose Art + Artisans, a Texas art consulting firm, to help commission the public art for the space.

Eight major works comprise the heart of the original collection.  Most prominent is a 16-foot wood and steel installation, "Around the Flower Wall" by internationally known sculptor James Surls, a University Alumnus and former art professor.

Work by photographer Joe Aker, glass artists Kathleen Ash and Jason Lawson, renowned SHSU former professor emeritus of art Charles Pebworth, kinetic sculptor Tim Prentice and sculptor Hoss Haley are all represented within the facility.

On permanent loan is another major sculpture by Texas artist Jesus Moroles.

Upcoming Events

To view the extensive events calendar for this spectacular performance space and for The College of Arts and Media in general, click here.

Contact Us

College of Arts and Media
Dean's Office Staff

Mail Address:
College of Arts and Media
Sam Houston State University
PO Box 2209
Huntsville, TX 77341 

Physical Address:
Gaertner Performing Arts Center
College of Arts and Media
815 17th Street
Huntsville, TX 77340