Fine Arts Facilities

University School of Milwaukee offers world-class arts facilities for students in all grades. These state-of-the-art facilities offer our students the ability to practice their craft and showcase their talents.

Students review an piece of music in the orchestra room.

The Abert-Tooman Center for the Arts

  • Stratton Orchestra Room

  • Sardas-Trevorrow Band Room

  • Remote and virtual orchestra pit for theatrical performances

  • Hammes Family Theatre Lobby

  • Newly renovated and expanded dressing rooms


Lower School artists paint with watercolors as a guest artist provides instruction.

The Peter L. Borisch Center for the Arts

Located in the Middle School, this space is comprised of the following areas:

  • Dance studio
  • Lower School art room
  • Lower School music practice room
  • Middle School art room
  • Middle School music room
  • Middle School drama room
  • Ceramics studio


The Virginia Henes Young Theatre

The Virginia Henes Young Theatre

Located in the Upper School and serving students of all ages, this space is used for drama and musical performances, as well as assemblies and other gathering activities.

  • Seating for 493 guests
  • Three-quarter thrust stage with proscenium arch
  • Back-stage workshop for set design and construction
  • 32-channel sound board, complete monitor system, and capability for sound effects automation and studio sound effects production
  • 72-channel computerized lighting board and complete dimmer system
  • More than 100 state-of-the-art lighting instruments


The Werner Family Art Gallery.

Werner Family Art Gallery

The Werner Family Art Gallery showcases the artistic talents of USM students, faculty and staff, and outside guest artists. Past exhibitions include:

  • K-12 Student Art Show
  • An Exploration of the Veteran Experience
  • New Horizons: Watercolor Works by Jeanne Nikolai Olivieri and 4th grade artists
  • Current Works by Priscilla Woods
  • AP Art Show
  • Faculty and Staff Show
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - 1,500 Bottles a Second
  • Pieces of Me - 4th grade partnership with artist Rosy Petri
  • USM Upper School Photo Show
  • 7th Grade Big Ideas


Students rehearse for a musical in their classroom.

Additional Fine Arts Facilities

  • Lower/Middle/Upper School Orchestra Room 
  • Middle/Upper School band room
  • Middle/Upper School Choir room
  • Upper School art studios (2)
  • Upper School photography darkroom
  • Digital video editing labs (2)