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The Bicknell Family Center for the Arts is located in the heart of Pittsburg State Universityy's Campus on the Northeast corner of the Ford Ave (East-West Road) and Homer St. (North-South Road) intersection. Parking is conveniently located just North of the facility and can be accessed from Homer Street. The Center's distinctive curved glass wall front faces West to Homer St. 

Our Address is: 
Bicknell Family Center for the Arts 
1711 S. Homer St. 
Pittsburg, KS 66762

Your GPS should bring you right to us at that address. 

Handicap accessible doors are located on both the North (facing the parking lot) and West (facing the circle drive) for the comfort and convince of our patrons.

 


While You Are Here

Request a Tour

On a campus visit as a perspective student, lover of the performing and visual arts, or simply looking for a unique indoor activity; taking a tour of our beautiful facility is a must!

The Bicknell Lobby is open to the public and members of our staff are available and would love to give you a behind the scenes look at one of the top performing arts centers in the mid-west!

Stop in our lobby or call 620-235-4536 to schedule your private tour now!

 
Take a Minute to See Andy

Andy Warhol “Beethoven, II. 390” 
On permanent display at the south side of the James S. and Treva J. Dawson Lobby, upstairs. We thank Robert and Gwendolyn Tyler, for gifting this wonderful art work to PSU.

warhol with curtains

 

 

 

 

“Beethoven, II. 390” is an artist’s proof – number 9 of 15 artist’s proofs created. The final edition for the “Beethoven, II. 390” consisted of 60 prints from the artist’s proofs.


About the Artist
Illustrator, filmmaker, photographer, painter, model and even music producer Andy Warhol’s innovative approaches to art making still influence contemporary art and the culture. He challenged traditional boundaries between art and life, art and business and in all types of media. In the process, he turned everyday life into art and art into a way to live the everyday.


History of the Series
The Ludwig Van Beethoven portfolio was the last collection produced by Warhol before his death on Feb. 22, 1987. It consists of four different serigraphs, also known as a silkscreen or screen print, printed on Lenox Museum Board by master printer Rupert Jason Smith. Unlike the other work he created, this series departs from the celebrities and grocery items for which Warhol became known for. The source image was taken from an 1820 portrait by Joseph Karl Stieler. The original (painted by Stieler) was an oil on canvas portrait of the composer as he stares ahead with focused eyes as he writes another composition. This became the most iconic image of Beethoven and the reason Warhol chose it.

Warhol captured the defining characteristics of the composer by placing a sheet of music over the portrait. The notes that are seen are from the Beethoven's Sonata No. 14, better known as the Moonlight Sonata. Warhol uses a black background to depict Beethoven emerging from the darkness, then renders the composer in dramatic colors that transform the classical composer into a modern rockstar.

 

 


 

 Before the Show

  • The lobby is open an hour before the show and you are welcome to arrive as early as you like. The performance spaces (the "house") will open for seating 30 minutes before each show. 

  • Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of the house manager or ushers at a suitable break in the performance and in a location that is least disruptive to the performance. Seat reservations expire once the performance has begun. 

  • Our lobby and performance spaces are air conditioned during the warmer months. If you tend to get chilly in AC, consider bringing a light sweater to put on so you're comfortable during the show. 

  • Restrooms are available on both sides of the Linda & Lee Scott Performance Hall, and inbetween the two theaters on the second floor. All are handicapped accessible and changing stations are located in the family restroom on the first floor and in the women's restroom on the second floor.


 

 

 

 

Nashville songwriters concert

PSU Jazz Ensemble Concert


Concert Etiquette

  • Talking/Whispering. Even the quietest whisper can be heard in a resonant concert hall. Try to refrain from commenting on the music until the end of the piece.
  • Cell Phones and Digital Watches. We all know how distracting they are and most likely we have been victims of these devices going off at the worst times. Please don’t let it happen to you! Please remember to remember to turn them off.
  • Show Up On Time. Please try to arrive one-half hour before the performance starts. This allows enough time to find parking, use the restroom, and find your seat. If you arrive late due to circumstances beyond your control, wait until applause to find your seat. Climbing over anyone while music is playing is rude behavior, unless there is a real emergency.
  • Clapping and Showing Appreciation. If you are unsure of whether or not clapping is appropriate, follow the lead of the experienced audience members around you. If you are still unsure when to applaud, watch the conductor. When the conductor has dropped their hands down to their sides, the applause may begin.

 


 

Food and Drink

  • No outside food or beverage is permitted inside the facility.
  • The concession stand will be open for select events only. Please contact the Bicknell Center (620-235-4536) for concession availability.
  • No food is allowed inside the theaters.
  • Bottled water with a screw top lid is the only beverage allowed inside the theater.

Accessibility

All performance and event spaces are ADA accessible. The elevator located in the lobby provides accessibility to both levels of the lobby and ADA accessible seating for both theaters. The Dotty and Bill Miller balcony can be accessed by choosing 1R and the Linda & Lee Scott Performance Hall balcony by choosing 2R.

Assisted listening devices are available at all performances in the Linda & Lee Scott Performance Hall and the Dotty and Bill Miller Theater free of charge. Please visit the box office upon arrival for assistance.

For questions regarding accessibility, please contact the Client Services Coordinator at 620-235-4536.

 


Emergency Information

PSU and the Bicknell Center places the highest priority on the comfort and safety of its patrons. All staff and ushers are trained in emergency procedures to provide direction and support if an emergency arises at any time. In the event of an emergency or evacuation, please pay attention to the announcements and calmly follow the direction of Bicknell Center staff.

All emergency egress exits and AED device(s) shall remain unblocked and accessible at all times. The University Police Department provide 24-hour security and video surveillance service and are available for assistance during events if needed. Pittsburg Police Officers and EMT medical services are familiar with the facility and can be on site in minutes. If you have any questions about emergency procedures, please see the Client Services Coordinator or Technical Director.

Performances are rarely canceled for inclement weather. We ask that you pay attention to the announcements from local weather stations and the Bicknell Centers social media/website for event cancellation details. Please remember in the case of snow or ice, the Bicknell Center will do our best to ensure all sidewalks, driveways, and entry points to be clean and accessible. In case of a weather emergency, shelter in place inside the performance hall, not in the lobby, and please follow all instructions as announced from the stage.