Troy University set to open new cultural arts park, international arts center

November 1, 2016

Troy University will celebrate international art and provide additional learning space for students with a new park and arts center opening this week at the Troy Campus.

TROY will formally open the Janice Hawkins Cultural Arts Park and International Arts Center on Friday, Nov. 4, at 4 p.m. with a dedication and concert inside the park’s amphitheater. The event is free and open to the public.

“The Cultural Arts Park and International Arts Center are where ‘East meets West’ at Troy University,” said First Lady of Troy University Janice Hawkins. “Students and guests will find an exceptional collection of international art that mirrors the global vision of Troy University.”

The new Janice Hawkins Cultural Arts Park, located near the Chancellor’s residence and the New Hall dorm, includes an amphitheater, walking trails, lagoon, and several prominent art installations.  “Violata Pax Dove,” by the artist Fred “Nall” Hollis, is located in the Daniel Foundation of Alabama Plaza and is a symbol of both beauty and sorrow. Throughout the park, 200 replica terracotta warriors by the artist Huo Bao Zhu are displayed in exhibits representing the famous excavations in China.

Inside the new International Arts Center, the Fred “Nall” Hollis Gallery features Nall’s works from the 1960s to today, and the Huo Bao Zhu Gallery houses visiting exhibits. The Warriors Unearthed interpretive center by artist Frank Marquette explores the history behind the famous terracotta warriors.

The Center will also be the home for the University’s graphic design program, and will provide student educational space in the form of a classroom, computer lab and visiting artist areas.

“I would like to thank all of the donors, members of the Board of Trustees, artists, and all who saw the possibilities in what was once undeveloped land on this beautiful campus,” said Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr. “This park and center will transform the lives of students and visitors for years to come. As Alabama’s International University, it’s only appropriate that students and visitors can come here to dance, to sing, to learn, to find inspiration, and to experience the world.”

Funding for the Janice Hawkins Cultural Arts Park was provided by the City of Troy, the Daniel Foundation, the Confucius Institute, Troy University and private donors.