Sage Center for the Arts

Fine Arts Building

Completed in 1992, the Fine Arts Building now houses the art, theatre, and speech departments.

The heart of the building is Markel Auditorium, a 353-seat amphitheatre complete with a 40-foot thrust stage and an orchestra pit that can be raised or lowered.



81 East College Street
Hillsdale, MI 49242

In addition to classrooms and faculty offices, the Fine Arts Building features three large art studios, a photography lab, a graphic design lab, a performance/dance studio, a theatre design studio, a scene shop, prop storage facilities, a costume shop, makeup and dressing rooms, lighting catwalks, and a fully computerized control center for sound, lighting, radio production, and audio and video recording.

Daughtrey Gallery, located near the building’s main entrance, has hosted numerous professional exhibits as well as works by Hillsdale faculty and students.


At the time of its construction, the Fine Arts Building allowed all of the College’s fine arts programs to be housed in one modern building. Previously, the art, music, and theatre departments resided in Knowlton Hall and Fine Arts Hall, both built in the 1870s.

In 2003, the music department moved into Howard Music Hall. The Sage Foundation, headed by former Hillsdale student Melissa Sage Fadim, provided major funding for the building.