Designed by acclaimed Los Angeles-based architect Michael Maltzan to bring together the Rice community and the Houston public and enable innovative artistic work to flourish, the $30 million, 50,000-square-foot Moody Center for The Arts serves as an experimental platform for creating and presenting works in all disciplines, a flexible teaching space and a forum for creative partnerships with visiting national and international artists.
Open and free to the public, the Moody Center is dedicated to trans-disciplinary collaboration in the arts, sciences and humanities, and establishes a new arts district on the campus as it stands close by the distinguished Shepherd School of Music and the permanent James Turrell Twilight Epiphany Skyspace.
The Moody provides facilities including art gallery space, a 150-seat black box theater, a gallery for experimental performance and a café. Its defining feature is the light-flooded, interdisciplinary maker lab at its core: an atrium with immediate access to surrounding resources that include a wood shop, metal shop, paint booth, rapid prototyping areas, studio classrooms, technology lending library and audiovisual editing booths.
Public hours of operation include Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The center is closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays.