The Clark Arts Center home to the Department of Performing Arts and the Department of Art and Art History. Along with Maddox Theatre and Cheek Theatre, this Center includes drawing, sculpture, ceramics and print studios, a photography dark room, the Art Gallery, the Dance Studio, music practice rooms, fully equipped costume and scene shops, the green room, dressing rooms and costume, prop and scenery storage.


Maddox Theatre

Maddox Theatre is a fully equipped 572 seat proscenium theater which is home to a variety of performing arts events. Each year the department produces faculty directed shows, choral concerts and recitals in Maddox Theatre. It also hosts the University forum series and many community cultural events.


Cheek Theatre

Cheek Theatre is a 40′ by 50′ flexible seating black box theater. The Performing Arts department produces faculty-directed and student-directed shows, our Three Penny Theatre, in Cheek Theatre annually. In addition, Artists’ Ensemble, Rockford’s only professional theater company, is in residence on our campus and performs in Cheek Theatre throughout the year.

Box Office
Clark Arts Center
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
fax: 815-394-5167


Fall/Spring Hours:
Mon-Fri - 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Summer Hours:
Tue-Fri - 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm