Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts & Humanities

Since 1968, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside has continued to build a reputation as an outstanding liberal arts institution with particularly strong fine arts programs. With The Rita Tallent Picken Center for Arts & Humanities, our state-of-the-art instructional facilities and stunning performance venues match our award-winning academic programs and provide even greater community access.

As the newest and largest facility of this type in the area, we look forward to accommodating students with interest in our fine arts programs, but also more community members to participate in, and enjoy, outstanding music, theatre, and art exhibitions.

Features of “The Rita”
  • A 340-seat music recital hall
  • A 120-seat “black box” studio theatre for smaller theatre productions
  • Galleries for both professional and student art exhibitions
  • Instructional studios for music, theatre arts, and 2-D art programs
  • Expanded and upgraded general classrooms

Life_Expressive_Thumbnail"The Life Expressive"

As a part of the Wisconsin Arts Board's "Percent for the Arts" program, we selected Wisconsin Artist Steve Feren's iconic and symbolic  art installation entitled "The Life Expressive" to grace the entrance to the center. Read the artist's statement and more about this intriguing piece of art.

Opportunities for the Future

Through the incredible generosity of donors like Frances E. Bedford, our students and community now have a beautiful space dedicated solely to music performance. The Frances E. Bedford Concert Hall is one of the greatest performance venues in the region.

We look forward to partnering with other individuals like you to discuss additional naming opportunities.

900 Wood Road · P.O. Box 2000 · Kenosha, WI 53141-2000 P 262-595-2345