Carpenter Hall Wake


Exciting News! Cardinal Farrell Hall will be open soon and plans for our new auditorium are already on the table. Unfortunately, this means the demise of our beloved Carpenter Hall with all of its “eccentricities’”. Let’s celebrate the historic place Carpenter has in our hearts and the University with our very own Carpenter Hall Wake – “Let Us Partake….before it falls down”.

Carpenter Hall is unique on campus – being the first and original building – located near the site of the old John Carpenter barns. Within its lifetime, it has hosted all departments, academic and administrative. At one time, all classes were held within its walls, and it has been the location for nurturing thousands of student minds over the past 61 years.

It is fitting for us to celebrate this important milestone in the history of the University of Dallas! In order to do so, we are having an art installation extravaganza in the form of a wake for the building.

This is an open call for University departments, clubs,  students, and alumni to contribute to the festivities. This is your chance to strut your creativity and show how you will remember our beloved building! Write an ode, compose a tune, paint a mural on the walls, dance an Irish jig, or give your own eulogy to the departing…all expressions welcomed! Now is the time to plan and create!

All ideas are welcomed, but we ask to keep them within the theme and spirit of celebrating the history of UD. We will be holding an information session to field questions, tell you more about the event, give guidelines for submissions, and bounce around ideas on September 12 at 5:00 p.m. in the Art History Classroom 112 (location changed 8-29-17). In the meantime, We will be posting updates and information about the event here on this page.

The exhibition of our collective history and art will be in Carpenter Hall during the last week of January and We will have a grand celebration event the evening of February 2nd - open to all students and alumni. Let’s make this a night to remember! We will have a stage outside the hall for our event, but also we will be able to walk through the hall for exhibits.

Submit your ideas of how you, your students or department wishes to contribute. A committee will review ideas and coordinate the event. The AV department is ready to consult and help, as well.

Are you interested in being involved but don’t know how? There will be plenty of opportunity to support and volunteer with this event so please register your interest in being involved and we will partner you with great projects that you can help bring to life. This event is all about collaboration and doing things together.

Carpenter Wake Committee (CWC)


Information Meeting -
September 12, 2017
Art History Classroom 112
5-6 p.m.

Application deadline -
November 8, 2017

Notification of acceptance -
November 17, 2017

Installation of  work -
January 29-31, 2018

Exhibition open to public -
February 2-4, 2018

Reception -
February 2, 2018

Pick-up artwork -
February 4 (5-7 p.m.) or
February 5 (12-7 p.m.)


All current students, faculty, staff, alumni, or UD clubs/departments are encouraged to apply to have a space for their presentation. All submissions will be considered.


The committee will determine acceptance into the show from digital form submissions. Submit your form at

Procedure for Accepted Works

The artist is responsible for installation of work in assigned space. All work must be installed during designated hours on January 29-31, 2018. If artist does not want the work to be destroyed with the building then pick-up before 7 p.m. on February 5.

For more information contact
JD Peavler
A/V Department
Phone: (972) 721-5983


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