The Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion

The Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion is The University of Findlay's hub for fine art. 

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Main entrance                                                                   A painting of the pavilion's namesake, Virginia B. Gardner, hangs 
                                                                                                 just inside the main entrance

The 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.

Mazz Museum
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 museum's expansive art vault.

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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.  

lappe hall Lea Gallery
The Lape Great Hall                                                                             The Lea Gallery provides an elegant space for student, 
                                                                                                                      faculty and community art displays
art studio       drawing lab
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