Goddard Center for the Visual & Performing Arts
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The Goddard Center is a visual and performing arts center located in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Founded in 1969, the building features four galleries of permanent and traveling exhibits, and a community theater.
Today, the Goddard Center stands as a testimonial to the dream of Ethel McClure Goddard, Ardmore educator and librarian. Dedicated to the memory of her husband, Charles B. Goddard, the Center provides Southern Oklahoma with a vital cultural complex serving as a venue for theatre, dance, music, and visual art.
The building was constructed of concrete and sheathed in aggregate and brick. The grand and imposing entrance, with seven arched portals, is enhanced by Verde antique marble.
A spacious lobby provides access to the theatre, the library/board room, volunteer and administrative offices, and four art galleries.
The galleries are located in the east wing near a new kitchen and hosting facility. On the west side is the theatre, which includes the green room, dressing rooms, stage shop, light and sound booth, and storage facilities.
The dance center entrance, stage door, and art facility entrances are adjacent to the north parking area. The Museum focuses on the collection of the late 20th-century art, paintings, and sculptures of the American West and contemporary Native American painting.
The collection includes lithographs, intaglio prints, and photographs. An All-School Exhibit and works by area artists are also on display.
The Goddard Center houses an art library which was initially started by Haywood Vaughan in 1988. Currently, it is a treasure house with a number of collections donated by Max McClendon and his aunt, Mrs. Fred Ueltschey of Durant.
Most of the books and testimonials are based on art history, techniques and media, artists, and their work and philosophy.
The Goddard Center also offers five performances annually in dance, theatre for children and instrumental music (classical, jazz or blues, and pop).