Joliet, Illinois – St. Bonaventure Campus

Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center

16-18 W. Van Buren St.
Joliet, IL 60432

new-plasterThe building is named in honor of philanthropist and entrepreneur, the late Robert W. Plaster, and “in recognition of a significant six-figure gift by The Robert W. Plaster Foundation,” said President Arvid C. Johnson.

The University of St. Francis opened the former Mode Theater building in August 2014 after a $2.7 million interior and exterior renovation of the 18,000-square-foot building, including classrooms, a courtroom for mock trial activities, student study and leisure space, computer labs and offices. A business incubator is a major feature of the building and will support USF’s undergraduate and graduate entrepreneurship degree programs.

The building, donated to USF by BMO Harris Bank, also houses the College of Arts & Sciences’ Recreation and Sport Management and History, Political Science and Criminal & Social Justice degree programs. The College of Business & Health Administration’s Transportation & Logistics Management program is also based there.

USF already operates its Arts & Design programs and a gallery at the Rialto Square Theatre in downtown Joliet.




Center for Art & Design

5 E. Van Buren St.
Joliet, IL 60432

In this space, the Art and Design Department offers students the unique opportunity to study at the center of the new Rialto Arts District artist community. Located in the developing Joliet City Center, Art and Design Department is on the third and fourth floors of the Rialto Square Theater building in some 16,454 square feet of space. The newly renovated facilities in the historic Rialto building were specially designed for arts students. Along with arts majors, the facility will serve community outreach initiatives.

The facility includes a woodshop, printmaking studio, two digital labs, a digital printing lab, photo studio/lecture room, ceramics room, kiln area and drawing and printing studio. Individual artist studios for upperclassmen and gallery spaces are featured. Student lounge space and faculty offices are also provided.

A USF gallery, located street side at the corner of Van Buren and Scott streets.

Many restaurants, government buildings, Harrah’s Casino, and, of course, the renowned Rialto Square Theatre can be found in downtown Joliet. The City Center also serves as the county seat for Will County.

The Art and Design Department is within easy walking distance from Union Station and is also on the city’s bus routes. Shuttle service is provided from the main USF campus to the Downtown Campus.



The University of St. Francis Art Gallery


25 E. Van Buren St.
Joliet, IL 60432

This show space has been made possible in part with a generous $100,000 donation from the Caesars Foundation. Caesars Entertainment is the parent company to Harrah’s Joliet Casino and Hotel. A $50,000 grant from the Will County Board also funded the project. The Will County Board’s financial support for the art gallery was made possible through the Laraway Road Host Fee Agreement
that Will County has with Waste Management.

For the complete gallery schedule, click here.