Designed by renowned architect Michael Graves and opened in 1986, the Grand Hall of the Museum Education Center is available for rental. Reservation space in the Center is available for lectures, seminars, recitals, receptions, meetings, parties, luncheons and dinners. The Center is not available for commercial sales or retail use, partisan political activity, church or religious services (with exceptions of weddings), fundraising activities for profit, or any such similar activity.
The Grand Hall features a 40-foot Appalachian Pine ceiling and a gas fireplace. The space can accommodate up to 200 people for a sit-down dinner and 400 people for a stand-up reception. All food and beverage services must be catered through approved vendors. A list of vendors can be provided by the Art Museum. Restrictions regarding decorations in the hall and other restrictions can be viewed in the sample rental agreement. The Art Museum of West Virginia University reserves the right to alter any stipulations stated in the rental agreement.
The Director of the Art Museum reserves the right to refuse privileges and/or use of facilities when, in their opinion, the granting of such privileges will be detrimental to the best interests of the Museum Education Center.
Requests for use of space by any students of West Virginia University must be sent by a WVU faculty or staff member. Students (undergraduate or graduate) are not allowed to use the space unsupervised and a faculty or staff member must be present at all times. If you are a WVU student and would like to inquire about using the MEC, please contact WVUMuseumEdCenter@mail.wvu.edu.
To request use of the Museum Education Center for any event, class or conference, please fill out ONE of the following MEC Rental Forms:
MEC Rental Form: Online Version
MEC Request Form: PDF Version
Sample Rental Agreement - subject to change
Inquiries about reservations, policies, and rental fees should be directed to WVUMuseumEdCenter@mail.wvu.edu or 304.293.7790.