College of Fine Arts and Design

Build Mitchell Hall

Visit this webpage for continual updates about Build Mitchell Hall including blueprints, naming opportunities, building progress and much more!


August 2014 Build Mitchell Hall Update

It may have been quiet here on campus during the summer months, but staff members of the College of Fine Arts and Design were hard at work planning our campaign to Build Mitchell Hall. I am eager to share some recent project updates with friends of CFAD! 

As of August 13, College of Fine Arts and Design faculty and staff have given or pledged more than $10,000 towards the expansion and also achieved 100 percent participation in the campaign. We believe the Build Mitchell Hall project should start with a committed faculty and staff and are now excited to approach our community supporters fortified by our unity.

Elliott + Associates, the architects of this expansion as well as the new CHK|Central Boathouse, have completed renderings of the build out. An iconic Oklahoma architect, Rand Elliott has presented an imaginative vision for adding new spaces to historic Mitchell Hall in a way that respects the integrity of the existing space while bringing fresh energy and usability for students, performers and patrons.

Check this website regularly for more information about an upcoming opportunity to see building designs, hear Rand Elliott describe his vision for the expansion and tour the non-public areas of Mitchell Hall to see how our students, faculty, staff and performers will be positively impacted by the Build Mitchell Hall campaign. Enjoy the end of our hot Oklahoma summer and stay tuned for more news about our campaign to Build Mitchell Hall.


Deborah Baucom, CFAD Development Manager



In 2014, the College of Fine Arts and Design will begin fundraising for a project to expand Mitchell Hall Theater, doubling the size of this historic venue and securing its place among the best performing arts facilities in the greater Oklahoma City metropolitan area. With groundbreaking planned for spring 2015, this 18-24 month expansion will add approximately 17,000 square feet to the existing Mitchell Hall footprint.


Energized by new leadership, the Build Mitchell Hall campaign is a unifying endeavor for a college poised to take the next step towards excellence. The $5 million project will be partially funded through the master lease program and cash reserves, so we must raise an additional $700,000 in contributed income to cover the full cost of the expansion.


Today, enrollment in CFAD’s performance-related degree programs has reached maximum capacity due to lack of rehearsal space, and the quality of our productions is inhibited by inadequate costume and dressing areas. The Mitchell Hall expansion will address this critical need for space, allowing our programs to grow and build a stronger presence in the community.  

The Mitchell Hall expansion will include the following additions: 

Costume Shop
Theatre Arts Rehearsal Hall
Dance Rehearsal Hall
Dressing Rooms with Showers
Green Room/Student Lounge
Gallery Space
Public Courtyard

Naming opportunities for these additions begin at $10,000.


You can help us Build Mitchell Hall by making a contribution. To give securely online, visit this link and select the “Mitchell Hall” designation under College of Fine Arts and Design.

You may also mail gifts to the UCO Foundation at 100 North University Drive, Box 133 Edmond, OK 73034. Please make checks payable to the UCO Foundation and note the Mitchell Hall Building and Grounds Fund. For more information about how you can support the College of Fine Arts and Design, call Deborah Baucom at 405-974-3718.

Thank you for your investment in the future of the College of Fine Arts and Design!