Paul V. Galvin Fine Arts Center

What's Inside

The Galvin Fine Arts Center is home to the academic programs for Art, Book Arts, Painting, Music/Music EducationTheatre, Radio/TV, 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. 

Ground Plan (pdf)
Lighting and Sound Inventory (.xlsx)
Section Diagram (pdf)

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.

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6-wire members

Sept. 14 | Established in 2010, 6-Wire celebrates diversity while transforming the way live instrumental music is experienced. This season opens with a collaboration between the trio 6-Wire and SAU pianist Marian Lee performing traditional Asian music pieces and excerpts from "The Butterfly."

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Big Fish

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Oct. 4-6 | A father's story. A son's journey. Edward Bloom is a man who loves to tell stories about himself that are filled with impossible romance, epic adventure, and unusual friends.

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Performing Arts Series



Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m.
This season opens with a collaboration between the trio 6-Wire and SAU pianist Marian Lee performing traditional Asian music pieces and excerpts from "The Butterfly."

Big Fish
Oct. 4-5, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 6, 3 p.m.
Edward Bloom is a man who loves to tell stories about himself that are filled with impossible romance, epic adventure, and unusual friends. His son Will embarks on his own journey to reveal the man behind the myth and find out who his father really is.

The Little Prince
Dec. 7, 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Children's Show
Written by award-winning playwright and St. Ambrose University alum, Aaron Randolph III, this adaptation of The Little Prince includes masks, puppets, and original music.

Area Elementary Schools:
Children's Show Registration Form

Chicago Dance Crash
Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m.
Emphasizing a unique mission of both athleticism and accessibility, the Crash aesthetic is most notably recognized by its combination of concert and hip-hop technique in works ranging from full-length productions to repertory pieces and freestyles.
Presented in cooperation with Quad City Arts

Mexico Beyond Mariachi
Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m.
Mexico Beyond Mariachi was created 15 years ago in New York City to educate communities about traditional Mexican performance culture beyond the stereotype.
Presented in cooperation with Quad City Arts

Dancing at Lughnasa
April 17-18, 7:30 p.m.
April 19, 3 p.m.
Five sisters, a charming, but feckless vagabond, a priest with dementia, and a radio named "Marconi" that only works intermittently are the essential components in this semiautobiographical story of the struggles of family life on a farm in 1936 Ireland.

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Galvin Staff

Lance Sadlek, Director

Renee Busha, Marketing Director
Kris Eitrheim, Technical Director
Matt Elliott, Assistant Technical Director
Aaron Hook, Scene Shop Foreman


Galvin Fine Arts Center
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, Iowa 52803

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