Opened in January of 1982, the Bartlesville Community Center was immediately recognized as one of the finest performing arts halls in the country.
Art in Architecture
The modern architectural design was the vision of William Wesley Peters, apprentice and protege of Frank Lloyd Wright, as well as former chief architect of Taliesin West and Vice President of The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. The design of the building was created to mesh seamlessly with other remarkable examples of architecture found in Bartlesville, such as the famous Price Tower, Frank Lloyd Wright's only skyscraper. The close proximity of the Price Tower with the Bartlesville Community Center provides a stunning array of modern architecture, a surprising treasure for a city of only 35,000.
An acoustically superb performance hall that seats over 1,700 is the main focus of the Community Center and is considered to be one of the finest concert halls in the country. Also found within is the world’s largest cloisonné artwork, a mural that is 25-feet long which depicts a stylized northeastern Oklahoma countryside. The Bartlesville Community Center is a wonderful design from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and a must-see for any architecture fan.
The design of the Bartlesville Community Center emphasizes the use of sweeping curves, circles and ovals, as well as acute and obtuse angles. Right angles are avoided, creating a unique and inspiring flow throughout the center. Frank Lloyd Wright's widow, Olgivanna Lloyd Wright, selected most of the decor, adding a modern, elegant finish to the interior. Perhaps most notably, remarkable crystalline light fixtures are suspended like icicles from the ceiling in Community Hall.
The Bartlesville Community Center houses the Marie Foster Performing Arts Hall. A 1700 seat auditorium that is capable of hosting world-class productions. With outstanding acoustics, graceful modern design and features that are ideal for large-scale productions, the Marie Foster Performing Arts Hall is truly a jewel.
The 1700 seat Marie Foster Performing Arts Hall is an architectural masterpiece and an acoustic delight. Ransom Wilson, Conductor of the Solisti New York Orchestra said, "We've discovered one of the finest concert halls in this country."
The lower level Studio Theater seats up to 150 and can host smaller theatrical productions, conferences, receptions and banquets.
The Bartlesville Community Center has played host to an amazing array of events. In addition to world-renowned symphony performances and concert events, the Community Center facilities can handle a broad range of events, including: ballet, stage productions and musicals, lectures, seminars and business meetings of all sizes. The beautiful multi-functional facility is equipped to handle events as large as state conventions and as small as group meetings of fifteen.
The versatile meeting and community rooms can be utilized for conferences, trade shows, business meetings, receptions, reunions and fundraising and social events. The balcony provides a unique backdrop for events from formal weddings to casual luncheons. Plus, the full commercial kitchen means that your event can be catered.