UNF Fine Arts Center

Welcome to the UNF Fine Arts Center! The 128,000 square foot Fine Arts Center is a multipurpose facility that is home to the Lazzara Performance Hall, the Music Flagship Program, the Department of Art & Design, faculty offices, classrooms, and rehearsal spaces.  


The 1300-seat Lazzara Performance Hall, inside the UNF Fine Arts Center, is named for Gasper and Irene Lazzara, prominent civic leaders who donated $1.25 million to the performance hall’s funding. The fully equipped proscenium theater has state-of-the-art lighting, sound and acoustics—and is the second largest stage in the area. It is the perfect venue for any type of entertainment or special event including lectures, meetings, fundraisers, fashion shows, graduation or awards ceremonies, film screenings, theater productions, and concerts.

The lobby is equipped with two concession areas, contemporary furnishings, modern lighting accents and an intriguing sculpture installation entitled Aurora, by Tim Curtis, which was commissioned by the Florida Art in State Buildings Program. It’s an ideal place for receptions and can accommodate 200-300 comfortably for a special evening.

The Fine Arts Center also manages two adjacent event venues. The Andrew A. Robinson, Jr. Theater was the first theater venue built on campus, and features an innovative design that allows the space to be converted from a 700-seat theater to three separate venues including a 400-seat theater and two 150-seat lecture halls. The Robinson Theater is named in honor of Dr. Andrew A. Robinson, Jr., community leader and lifelong educator who served as Interim President of UNF from 1980-1982, as well as founding UNF faculty and Dean of the College of Education and Human Services.


The Talon Room is a 2,537 square-foot meeting and banquet space, which opened in 2013, and is located on the fourth floor of Osprey Commons (Building 16). This facility offers contemporary design that features abundant natural light and a gorgeous view of UNF’s scenic Candy Cane Lake and the nearby Andrew A. Robinson, Jr. Theater.


The Fine Arts Center serves a dual purpose: to enhance the academic programs on campus and to provide unique professional venues for public rentals. The events hosted in our beautiful facilities range from professional theater and dance, concerts, worship services, awards ceremonies, graduations, local dance recitals, regional and national dance competitions, lectures, fundraisers, receptions, film screenings, training/team building sessions, meetings, and banquets. 


Mission Statement

The Fine Arts Center is committed to stimulating the cultural and academic lives of University of North Florida students, faculty, staff, alumni and the Jacksonville community by providing unique professional venues for public rentals, which bring diverse programming to the community, both entertaining and educational.