Gallagher Bluedorn Capital Campaign


Taking the Gallagher Bluedorn into a new generation means offering an uncompromising arts experience for visitors.

Currently, our performance and patron experiences are out of
sync. Visitors see some of the world’s greatest performances in the acoustically superb, visually stunning Great Hall, yet patron amenities fall short of what is offered at venues of similar size across the nation. With your support, we can create a modern, awe-inspiring arts experience from the first step in the reception hall to the final bow.

The Gallagher Bluedorn renovation and expansion will be a $14.9 million project featuring several event space additions, upgrades to the facility’s interior and exterior, and improvements to seating. The project will create approximately 15,000 square feet of new and renovated space.

These upgrades will elevate the Gallagher Bluedorn to a state-of- the-art facility that will continue to provide world class performing arts for the Cedar Valley and the state of Iowa.




You can make the vision for a new Gallagher Bluedorn a reality.

To give, contact Dan Breitbach, director of development for the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences at the UNI Foundation.

Dan Breitbach
(319) 273-7727



Malcom Holzman



Malcolm Holzman’s buildings are acknowledged for their evocative nature, technical vision and singular character. He has completed 140 commissions in 32 states, which represent some of this country’s most notable architecture. His work shows a diversity of design solutions, reflecting a wide range of building types and the application of materials unique to the region of each project, winning more than 100 awards for this body of work.


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Project Details

South End Expansion

  • New dynamic entry plaza
  • Multi-purpose event space for private dinners, rehearsals, small performances, etc.
  • Heightened amenities: new vending options, secured coat room and modern restrooms
  • Added drive lane for drop-off

North Side Expansion

  • New patron lounge, ideal for group and corporate outings
  • Modern box office and service counters

Renovations of Existing Space

  • Great Hall seating improvements
  • Exterior paneling replacement with energy efficient paneling
  • Lighting upgrades and other amenities improvements