The Ford Center for the Fine Arts, built in 1964, is a facility for art, art history, theatre, dance, and music.
Studio art work spaces in the center range from the ceramics studio on the lower level to the spacious north-lit studios for painting, drawing, printmaking, and sculpture. The ceramics studio includes one outdoor and two indoor kilns. The drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture studios allow for extensive personal work and storage areas, as well as the opportunity to work within a community of artists. Many art history classes meet in the "Round Room," designed specifically for art lectures and the viewing of Knox's collection of more than 20,000 slides.
Major theatre productions and dance performances are staged in Harbach Theatre, with its 360-degree rotating thrust-proscenium stage, while student-written and student-directed plays appear in the black-box Studio Theatre. Students work backstage in the comprehensive scene and costume shops.
Musical ensembles such as the Knox College Choir, Jazz Ensemble, and String Ensemble perform and practice in Kresge Recital Hall and Jay Rehearsal Hall. Other music facilities include 18 practice rooms, Kawai and Steinway pianos, the music library, and a music laboratory.
Lectures, films and classes are held in the Round Room, and student, faculty and alumni art exhibits are displayed in the gallery and lobby. The Ford Center also houses faculty offices for the Departments of Art, Music, and Theatre and Dance, the Office of Admission and Office of Financial Aid.