The Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion is The University of Findlay's hub for fine
Main entrance A painting of the pavilion's namesake, Virginia B. Gardner, hangs
just inside the main entrance
facility provides an elegant home for the
Mazza Museum of Art from International Picture Books and Gift
Gallery. The museum was relocated to the pavilion in 1994 from the
basement of Old Main.
Ben Sapp, museum director, leads a group of elementary school children in exploring Mazza art
The Phil Gardner family helped make the
building possible through a donation in memory of their wife, mother and
grandmother, Virginia. The Gardner family also helped to make it
possible for the growing museum to expand with a second gift to support
the addition in 2007. The addition included room for children’s educational
activities and space for the musuem's expansive art vault.
Members of the campus community and the Gardner family celebrate the opening of the Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion
In addition to the museum, the building provides a beautiful, airy environment for the University's Department of Fine Arts. Students enjoy studying in the Lape Great Hall, which has a waterfall as its backdrop. Other
features include the Malcolm
Family Dining Room, the Pfeiffer Lecture Hall and the Dudley and Mary
Marks Lea Gallery.
The Lape Great Hall The Lea Gallery provides an elegant space for student,
faculty and community art displays
The painting studio provides a place with The illustration studio gives students a creative
natural light to help students let their creativity soar. space and an easy line-of-sight to their subjects