For this project Carney Logan Burke Architects paired with Stephen Dynia Architects to form the Arts Design Collaborative. The two firms worked in partnership to develop the Performing Arts Pavilion of the Center for the Arts, with Carney Logan Burke Architects serving as Executive Architect and Stephen Dynia Architects serving as Design Architect.
The Center for the Arts project was undertaken in cooperation with the Town of Jackson and Teton County to create a campus that brought together twenty local arts and education organizations. The 39,000-square-foot Performing Arts Wing complements the 40,000-square-foot Arts and Education Wing and includes a 525-seat proscenium theater, lobby, rehearsal facilities, scene shop, and other administrative and support spaces. The theater is designed to function flexibly, so that the different disciplines represented under the Center banner are able to use the facility to showcase their productions. In addition to accommodating a wide variety of performance types, the theater can also modify its seating capacity to ensure an intimate experience for every audience.
The theater seating expresses an artistic vision for the Performance Wing, with the underside of the seating arena exposed and visible from the lobby below. Clad in wood, the spherical sculptural form hovers above the entrance hall, creating a dramatic focal point for the foyer space and functioning as an icon for the pavilion.