Scheduling & Conference Services

R. Don Cowan Fine & Performing Arts Center

The Cowan Center is the focal point for performing arts on campus, as well as in the city of Tyler and the Northeast Texas region. It houses state-of-the-art lecture and performance facilities to include Vaughn Auditorium. Jim and Bonna Bess Vaughn Auditorium comfortably seats 2,000 patrons in a warm acoustical environment. A full Broadway-sized stage includes a hydraulically-controlled orchestra pit floor which may be raised for concert use, or lowered for musical theatre productions.

UT Tyler faculty and staff can request the Cowan Center using Astra. Student Organizations use Patriots Engage.  Quick video tutorials for student organizations are available if needed.

External clientele are welcome to request the Cowan Vaughn Auditorium for concerts, large conferences and graduations, etc. Please contact Liz Hutson at

External clientele can utilize the White Lobby or Green Room for smaller meetings, luncheons, intimate dinners, etc. For more information, please contact Scheduling & Conference Services at

Event Scheduling Guidelines for the Vaughn Auditorium, Green Room and White Lobby.

Venue Spaces

Venue Fee Schedule