Paul V. Galvin Fine Arts Center


The Galvin Fine Arts Center is home to the academic programs for Art and DesignArt Education, Music/Music EducationTheatre (minor), Digital Media Production, PR/Strategic Communication, and Multimedia Journalism as well as SAUtv and KALA Radio, two galleries, a black box theatre, recital hall, and auditorium.

Allaert Auditorium
Serves as the main stage venue with approximately 1,200 seats. 

Madsen Hall
Named in honor of Msgr. Cletus Madsen, a former head of fine arts at St. Ambrose College and a main figure in Catholic liturgical music of the mid-20th century. It seats 110 and is an ideal space for recitals and chamber music concerts, including the popular Casual Classics Series that brings in top performers in this intimate setting.

Studio Theatre
Seats 50. For more intimate shows.

Catich Gallery
The Catich Gallery is named after the founder of the university's art department, Rev. Edward M. Catich. The gallery hosts contemporary art exhibits featuring the work of regional and national artists as well as faculty and seniors graduating with honors.  

Morrissey Gallery
The Morrissey Gallery – named in honor of the Morrissey family, long-time supporters of St. Ambrose University – offers a unique exhibition opportunity to local and regional artists. We welcome applications for exhibition.


Professional & Community Arts

Fall 2022

A poster for Pianist with the Hair

Pianist with the Hair

Saturday, September 10th 7:30pm

Julian Lawrence Gargiulo is a dynamic classical pianist who renders the compositions of renowned masters with extraordinary passion and precision, and fills the concert hall with his personal brand of charm, humor and charisma. St. Ambrose's own, Dr. Marian Lee, will join Julian on the Allaert stage for a special guest performance! This concert is made possible by the generosity of the Rhee Family Fund.

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The logo for the Quad Cities Wind Ensemble

October 23
Quad City Wind Ensemble
Allaert Auditorium
3:00 PM

December 11
Quad City Wind Ensemble
Allaert Auditorium
3:00 PM

Tickets for Quad City Wind Ensemble are available at the door: $10 for Adults, $8 for Seniors, K-12 and college students are free. Find out more about the Quad City Wind Ensemble on Facebook.


St. Ambrose department of music logo

Music Productions

Fall 2022

September 9
Casual Classics I: Barbara Quintiliani, soprano; Stewart Schroeder, piano; Rob Miller, clarinet
Madsen Hall
5:00-6:00pm

September 16
Music Homecoming Concert featuring 2020 graduates, with Symphonic Band and University Chorale
Allaert Auditorium
7:00pm

October 7
Casual Classics II: - TBD
October 22
Fall Vocal Concert
Madsen Hall
7:30pm

October 28
Fall Instrumental Concert
Allaert Auditorium
7:30pm

November 11
Casual Classics III: A Musical Feast (faculty sampler)
Madsen Hall
5:00-6:00pm

December 10
An Ambrosian Christmas
Allaert Auditorium
3:00pm


Theatre Productions

Fall 2022

Stay Tuned! 


Art Exhibitions

Fall 2022

—Catich Gallery

August 22 - September 16
SAU Faculty and Staff Exhibition
Opening Reception Wed Sept 7, 3pm

October 3 - December 9
Recent Work by Lee Emma Running
Q&A and Reception October 5, 3pm

—Morrissey Gallery

August 22 - September 16
SAU Faculty and Staff Exhibition
Opening Reception Wed Sept 7, 3pm

October 10 - December 9
Taryn McMahon
Along Muddy Banks
Webex Q&A October 19, 3pm


Galvin Staff

Lance Sadlek, Director

John Hagar, Marketing and Ticket Office Manager
Zach Meyer, Technical Director 

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