Photo rendering of the Northwest Tennessee Arts Center

Fine Arts Building Phase II renamed Northwest Tennessee Arts Center

Phase II of the University of Tennessee at Martin Fine Arts Building construction project has been renamed the Northwest Tennessee Arts Center.

The facility will be used by the fine and performing arts programs at UT Martin, as well as host guest performers, academic speakers, fundraising events, conferences and regional competitions.

Construction for the Northwest Tennessee Arts Center will cost $40 million and requires a six percent match, or $2.5 million, raised by the university to receive state funding. Currently, the university has raised over $600,000 for the performance center.

“I believe this facility will bring a new level of performers to Northwest Tennessee, enriching the lives of students and community members,” said Dr. Lynn Alexander, dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, in a letter to donors.

The Northwest Tennessee Arts Center is projected to bring more than 26,000 visitors to campus annually, provide new jobs on campus and in the community and is expected to contribute over $400,000 annually to the Northwest Tennessee economy through programs and partnerships in music, visual arts, children’s programming, dance and film.

Phase I of the Fine Arts Building construction was completed in 2013.

To donate to the Northwest Tennessee Arts Center, visit

For more information, contact Laura Suiter, UT Foundation director of development, at



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