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Name Ivan Wilson Hall (WKU)
Details Other Names - Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center
Date Built - 1970-1973
Cost of Construction - $4 million
Architects - Ryan Associated Architects

Namesake:
Ivan Wilson, a native of Hazel, Kentucky, came to Western in 1920 and served 25 years was the first head for the Department of Art. He was employed by Western for a total of four decades. Some of his works have been shown in New York, New Orleans, Kansas City, and even Paris. He retired in 1958. He received his Bachelors from Western and got his Master's from George Peabody College.

The theater was named for Russell Miller, born in Water Valley, Mississippi and died at the age of 63 in 1968. He was a professor for speech and dramatic arts. He received his Bachelor's and Masters from the University of Mississippi. He came to Western in 1947 after being employed by the Bowling Green College of Commerce and Business University.

History:
The Fine Arts Center has provided housing for the Departments of Art, Foreign Language, Music, History, English and Speech and Theatre. The 174,000 square feet building includes a 4 story central portion, 41 class and lecture rooms, an art gallery, 85 faculty offices, 30 studio offices, 5 seminar rooms, art studios, language and music labs, and music practice rooms. The 2-story east wing contains a 320 seat Russell Miller Theatre. The 1 story west wing contains includes a 230 seat recital hall and a band rehearsal room. FAC was built on the site of the old stadium. The building was dedicated on Oct. 13, 1973.

A fire in 1978 caused an estimated $30,000 in damage to a room on the fourth floor. The cause of the fire was undetermined. In 1984 an arsonist set fires on the third and fourth floors of Ivan Wilson Hall. The two fires caused an estimated $325,000 in damages.

College Heights Herald:

1970 Sep. 1, p. 5
1971 Sep. 14, p. 11
1972 Feb. 29, p. 6; June 29, p. 3
1973 Jan. 16, p. 1; Feb. 20, p. 6; March 2, p. 1; May 1, p. 19; Sep. 11, p. 8; Oct. 9, p. 2
1978 Jan. 12
1984 Mar. 27, p. 1; Mar. 29, p. 1; Apr. 3, p. 1;Sep. 11, p. 5
1986 Nov. 20, p. 7
1994 Apr. 21, p. 12

Bronze Bust of Former Art Teacher on Display in Fine Arts Center, Mar. 6, 1980

Former Art Department Head Dies, Feb. 2, 1981

Ivan the Terrible Makes Trouble . . . But Masters Art, Oct. 30, 1942

Ivan Wilson Has Exhibition in Kentucky Building, Nov. 18, 1955

Ivan Wilson Has New Exhibition, Oct. 7, 1955

Ivan Wilson Has Works Displayed at Peabody, Mar. 19, 1954

Ivan Wilson Possesses Great Love of Painting, Apr. 18, 1958

Ivan Wilson to Exhibit Work at Nelson Institute, Nov. 24, 1944

Ivan Wilson's Work on Display, Feb. 2, 1945

Mr. Ivan Wilson Has Water Colors on Exhibition, Nov. 5, 1943

Mr. Ivan Wilson Receives International Recognition, Mar. 31, 1961

Mr. Ivan Wilson Speaks at Amigo Club Meeting, Mar. 20, 1953

Mr. Wilson Does Sketches While Visiting Rockies, Nov. 3, 1950

Mr. Wilson Sees Art Exhibition, Apr. 6, 1956

Museum Exhibits Works of Wilson, Oct. 28, 1967

The Ivan Wilsons Are Featured in L&N Magazine, Nov. 22, 1957

Water Colors Being Displayed by Ivan Wilson, July 1, 1955

Watercolor Exhibit Begins Next Week, Oct. 8, 1954

What's in a Name? Ivan Wilson is Much More than Glass, Steel and Concrete, Oct. 12, 1973

Wilson Exhibit Now on Display, Nov. 22, 1940

Wilson Holds Exhibition, May 11, 1954

Wilson Will Present Demonstration, Mar. 11, 1955

Park City Daily News:

1970 July 1
1972 Sep. 24
1973 Feb. 15; Sep. 10; Oct. 10, 12, 14
1984 March 25, 27, 28, 29, 30; April 6, 15, 16; May 24, 30; July 25, 26, 28, 30; Sep. 6
2003 July 7
2005 Feb. 6

Louisville Courier-Journal:

1970 July 18
1973 Sep. 23; Oct. 14

Documents & Primary Sources:

UA30/1/1 Blueprints, Drawings & Plans - inventory - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_fin_aid/81/
Archives Entries 18
Library Entries 4
Object Entries 1
Photograph Entries 59

Associated Records

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UA30.1 Planning, Design & Construction Series 1. Blueprints, Drawings & Plans - Planning, Design & Construction (WKU)

Blueprints, drawings and plans of WKU buildings and campus created by the Department of Planning, Design & Construction.

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UA3 President's Office Series 3. Kelly Thompson Subseries 4. Construction File - WKU President's Office - Thompson

Construction file regarding construction of new buildings, renovation of existing buildings and bond issues during Kelly Thompson's tenure as WKU President.

Image of UA1B2/1/6 Gertrude Bale Oral History Interview - Western Kentucky University

UA1B2/1/6 Gertrude Bale Oral History Interview - Western Kentucky University

Interview conducted by Paula Trafton with Gertrude Bale retired music education teacher.

Image of UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 2. Buildings - WKU Archives

UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 2. Buildings - WKU Archives

Photographs, negatives, postcards, drawings, slides and digital images of Western Kentucky University buildings. Includes buildings of founding institutions. Subseries 1. Academic Athletic Performance Center / Diddle Arena Subseries 2. Academic Complex Subseries 3. Agricultural Exposition Center Subseries 4. Proposed Buildings Subseries 5. Barnes-Campbell Subseries 6. Barracks Subseries 7. Bates-Runner Subseries 8. Bemis Lawrence Subseries 9. Cabell Hall Subseries 10. Cedar House aka Faculty House Subseries 11. West Hall Subseries 12. Unidentified Subseries 13. Cherry Hall, 1937+ Subseries 14. Glasgow Normal School Subseries

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 81, No. 23 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3669">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3669</a> issue is misnumbered. WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Articles in this issue: Leslie, Joey. More Students Tested During AIDS Day Hupman, Samantha. J-term More Popular than Anticipated Fontana, Alex. Student Government Association Proposes New Bicycles for Police Bosken, Nina. Students Dodge, Duck, Dive for Charity and Prizes - Special Olympics Richardson, Kelly. Kentucky Community Technical College System Requests Funding - KCTCS Taking the Next Step - Cul

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 81, No. 26 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3688">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3688</a> issue is misnumbered. WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Articles in this issue: Paul, Corey. Arrest Made in Arson Case - Robert Martin Hupman, Samantha. Students 'Up 'til Dawn' for Charity' - St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Coulter, Amber. Investigation Accounts for Money Coulter, Amber. Gary Ransdell Asks House for More Money Richardson, Kelly. Woman Alleges Rape at Sigma Nu House Party McNamara, Andrew. Vending Machines Sell New Treat - flash drives

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 81, No. 29 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3680">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3680</a> issue is misnumbered. WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Articles in this issue: Gibson, Adam. New Bar Becomes Hot Spot - Dark Star Bar & Grill Smith, Jessica. Western Gets into Mind of Carlos Mencia Paul, Corey. Freshman Arrested for Theft in PFT - Bruce Williams Coulter, Amber. More Students Receive Pell Grants Paul, Corey. Western Officers to Get Bikes for Patrol Brandenburg, Katie. Scholarships Possible for Students Who Rally Cab Chaos a Problem Ratlif

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 81, No. 46 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3702">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3702</a> issue is misnumbered. WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Articles in this issue: Paul, Corey. Cherry Hall Reopens for Classes Coulter, Amber. Senate Wants Ban Lifted - Gene Harryman Coulter, Amber. Veto Postpones FAC Renovation - Ivan Wilson Hall Morgan, Nathan. Students Use Silence to Spread Message - Gay Pride Week Coulter, Amber. Alcohol to Be Served in Smith Stadium Soon Brandenburg, Katie. Student Government Association Wants Accuracy for Clocks on the Hi

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 51, No. 5 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4812">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4812</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. This issue contains articles: Weaver, Kim. Associated Students Joins Student Association Ayers, Elaine. Youths Take to Jesus Movement Change in Senior Picture Policy Married Student Housing Set to Open Summer '72 Ralph, Mason. Western Coed is Studying Edgar Cayce's Clairvoyant Works - Linda Skaggs Ralph, Mason. Folk Rock vs Steel Band in Thursday Concert Air Force to Invade Western Kentucky University California Decision Fav

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 52, No. 7 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4878">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4878</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. This issue contains articles: Elmore, Valerie. James Evans Sees Need for Awareness Elmore, Valerie. Steve Henry Feels Associated Student Government Lost Respect Davis, Nancy. Voting Continues Cross, Al. Freshman Vice-Presidential Candidates Are Experienced in Student Politics - Laurie Flaim, Percy Gatewood West Kentucky Press Association to Meet Here What's Happening Lucas, John. Bill Bartley Wants to End Strip Mining Non-La

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 50, No. 2 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4969">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4969</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. This issue contains articles: Morris, Richard. Filing Deadline Set Sept. 15 for Academic Council Seats Hanes, Clark. Dorm Occupy Soars to a Record 100.5% Former Head of P.E. Department, Dr. William Solley, Dies at 48 Sutherland, David. Associated Student Congress to Propose Student Code Veterans Eligible for Tutorial Aid Coeds Selected for Silver Girls Dorm Occupancy Western Players Plans Open House Sutherland, David.

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 49, No. 52 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4967">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4967</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. This issue contains articles: 625 Candidates to Receive Degrees Ogden Recipient Named - John Taulbee Berry, Jeanne. Theatre Department Lists Department Lists 5 Plays for 1970-71 Associated Students to Host Conference on Discount Programs 5 Added to Dean of Student Affairs Office Undergraduate Teacher Education Admission System Begun School Community Workshop Planned Regents Authorize Bond Issue Worth $8,120,000 Civil

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 52, No. 29 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4995">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4995</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. This issue contains articles: Cross, Al. Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center Nears Completion Elmore, Valerie. Crafts Shop Offers Chance to Try Skills Cross, Al. Entertainment Tentatively Scheduled Peckenpaugh, Leo. Investigation by NCAA Began 20 Months Ago Fall Performers Selected WKU Had Fat Years, Now, a Few Lean Ones TV News Must Plug Holes Congress Should Use Opportunity to Define Presidential Powers Merrill, Bonnie. A

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 52, No. 39 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4998">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4998</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. This issue contains articles: Lawrence, Fred. Dero Downing Cites Tenure as 'Sound Concept' Students Comment on Entertainment Madison, Stephanie. Miss Black Western Crowned - Antoninette Wearren Caudill, Tom. University Adopts 4-Year I.D.S Lawrence, Fred. Feminist Claims Sex Discrimination - Cheryl Fields Check Cashing Leaves Students Out in Cold What Price Amnesty? - Draft Dodgers Mickle, George. Resents Leo Peckenpaugh'

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 52, No. 55 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/5013">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/5013</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. This issue contains articles: Elam, Jerry. Science and Education Majors Declining Dillingham, Jed. Street Changes Get Mixed Reception - Russellville Road Head Fee Vote Set Tomorrow College Heights Herald Again Ranks No. 1 at Kentucky Intercollegiate Press Association Band Sets Twilight Concert Tutors Entertain Their Students Apathy Lives! . .. Here Especially Gatton, Rita. Can't Understand Apathy Yater, Steve. Says Vo

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Purse - Purse

Box purse decorated with decoupage scenes from Western Kentucky University , i.e. Hardin Planetarium, Ivan Wilson Center for Fine Arts, Raymond Cravens Graduate Center, Lawrence Weatherby Administration Building, Faculty House, Gordon Wilson Hall, Smith Stadium, Old President's Home - Alumni Center and E. A. Diddle Arena. Metal hasp and handle. The interior is lined in red velvet, and an oval mirror is affixed to the back of the lid.

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Western Alumnus - WKU Alumni Relations

Available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/5297">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/5297</a> College Heights Foundation Begins Special Appeal Campaign Conway, Sheila. The McChesneys Administrative Reorganization: Regents Confirm Appointments Given, Ed. Jim McDaniels Tells About Life & People on the Other Side of the Globe Armstrong, Don. Dear Alum: You Wouldn't Recognize Freshman Physics Downing, Dero. Charting the Course Boling, Edward. Symbolism & Certainty Page, Tate. The Environment for Man Faculty Awards - Elmer Gray, George Masannat Conway, Sheila. Student Centers on the Hill Homecoming: Western - Spirit of the '70's Structured P

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Western Alumnus - WKU Alumni Relations

The President's Friend Pays a Return Visit to the Hill - Donald Kendall College Renamed and Services Reorganized Fulbright-Hays Scholar - She's Ours! Got Trouble, My Friend, Right Here in River City A New Look at Freshmen . . . Inside State Government: Interns-eye View Big Business . . . It's No Game A Week's Work 150 Miles - On Foot Academic Officials Requested to Aid Universities in Three Latin Countries Bragi Joseppson Goes to the United Nations An Alumnus of Vision - Paul Schuhmann More Honors for Whitey Sanders That Sharpshooter Named . . . Sue? Significant Statements Naismith Hall of Fame Inducts Mr. Diddle WKU Hosts First Champs Washington, DC Alumni Elect Officers Mis