Lynn’s Wold Performing Arts Center stages first public performance next month

The building – and its adjacent sculpture – have been dedicated and unveiled
Lynn’s Wold Performing Arts Center stages first public performance next month

Published Mar. 26, 2010

A one-year time lapse video of the Wold Performing Arts Center edited by Lynn student Jonathan Weitz

Lynn University’s Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center is the newest state-of-the-art theatre in South Florida. On Thursday, March 18, the building was officially dedicated with a ribbon cutting followed by self-guided tours and an ice cream social.

At the dedication ceremony, approximately 500 people gathered to hear remarks from President Kevin M. Ross, Boca Raton Mayor Susan Whelchel, Vice President for Academic Affairs Cynthia Patterson and Conservatory of Music student Aziz Sapaev. Lead donor Elaine J. Wold cut the ribbon before welcoming the crowd into the new theatre that features superb acoustics, a modern lighting system, a large, light-filled lobby, and flexible space well-suited for dramatic productions, concerts and other cultural events.

One week after the building dedication, the life-size aluminum cast sculpture that sits adjacent to the Wold Performing Arts Center, “Through Poppied Fields” by Seward Johnson, was unveiled and dedicated. Johnson, who spoke at the ceremony, was inspired by two Claude Monet paintings. His sculpture consists of two figures: a woman and a boy, Monet’s wife and son, standing in the breeze atop a grassy, poppy-covered hillock.

Wold Scuplture Dedication

Sculptor Seward Johnson and Elaine J. Wold at the unveiling of “Through Poppied Fields”

The sculpture was acquired by the Cultural Enrichment Fund at Lynn University through the generous support of Elaine J. Wold. In total, Lynn University has received commitments of $14,920,000 to build and endow the Wold Performing Arts Center. This includes Wold’s original $6 million gift and her $2.3 million challenge to encourage other friends and family members to support the project. Wold began supporting Lynn’s theatre arts program in 2004 with a $1 million gift that created the Keith C. Wold, MD Memorial Fund for the Development of Theatre Arts.

The first public performance in the new facility will be Saturday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 18, at 4 p.m., featuring Mitzi Gaynor performing Razzle Dazzle! My Life Behind the Sequins. Ticket prices for the event are available in three price levels: $75 (Box), $65 (Orchestra) and $45 (Mezzanine). Contact Lynn’s box office at 561-237-9000 or visit to purchase tickets.