Develop Your
Creative talents

For more than 125 years, the USD College of Fine Arts has encouraged students to pursue their chosen professional field in art, music or theater through their study with nationally recognized faculty who are working professionals. Our small class sizes give you the chance to work closely with professors, gain inspiration and become challenged to achieve excellence in your own unique voice in whichever artistic medium you choose. 

Our Programs

As the only College of Fine Arts in the state, we bring together highly qualified faculty to provide each student opportunities for personal artistic growth. We offer B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees in art and theatre and B.M. and M.M. degrees in music. Here you will find the fit for your interests and the career path for your success.

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alum success story

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I took courses in all aspects of theatre, in addition to my specialty in lighting design. Due to the holistic approach, I had an expanded portfolio with specialized training in my field of choice and was able to assist in all areas of theatre, from costume design to technical direction. USD's program gave me the tools I needed to be successful right away!

Lucas Granholm

MFA Design Theatre & Technology '14
Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota Morris
Arden Hills, Minnesota

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Oscar Howe Institute

Students connect with faculty, create professional contacts and build life long friendships with other artists.

 

The OHSAI is open to high school students with a demonstrated interest in the visual arts and American Indian culture.


Explore the Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute
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Visit Virtually

It's almost as good as the real thing. Well... almost.

 

Enjoy a virtual version of our art, music and theatre facilities from the comfort of your phone, tablet or computer screen.


Take our Virtual Tour

CELEBRATiNG THE ARTS

The College of Fine Arts is committed to fostering the arts for our students and the state. Our partnerships allow our students to gain real-world experiences while also serving the fine arts community throughout South Dakota.

 

Inspire arts and culture in your community

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Students in performance and technical majors are employed at the highest professional levels. The arts and culture sector annually contributes $1.2 billion to the State of South Dakota’s economy, representing 2.5% of South Dakota’s GDP and more than 14,000 jobs. The entrepreneurial nature of many of these careers — some of which were unimagined 10 years ago — emphasizes the importance of the broad-based liberal arts foundation you will receive at USD.  

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The USD College of Fine Arts is an amazing place to be. Any student can participate in fine arts courses and activities — you do not have to be a fine arts major. We invite you to join us on our mission to combine creativity and scholarship to make a difference in this world.

Faculty/Staff

Learn from outstanding faculty that have won national teaching awards. USD is home to award-winning music, theatre and art faculty who are at the cutting edge of their fields. 
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Bruce Kelley

Dean, College of Fine Arts
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John Banasiak

Professor

Specialty

Photography
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Laurie Brown

Senior Secretary
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Timothy Campbell

Associate Professor

Specialty

Choirs & Voice
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Todd Cranson

Associate Professor

Specialty

Director of Athletic Bands & Low Brass Studio
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Sabrina Egeland

Assist Prof of Practice, Costume Techn & Mgnt
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Alessandra Feris

Associate Professor

Specialty

Piano
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Ioana Galu

Associate Professor

Specialty

Violin/Viola Studio, Rawlins Piano Trio
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Raimondo Genna

Chair, Theater/Associate Professor
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Tracelyn Gesteland

Professor/Buhler Distinguished Professor

Specialty

Voice & Opera
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Carol Geu

Senior Lecturer
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Chaya Gordon-Bland

Associate Professor
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Susan Gray

Professor

Specialty

Piano, Collaborative Piano, Rawlins Piano Trio
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Amber Hansen

Assistant Professor

Specialty

Painting
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Liz Heeren

Senior Lecturer

Specialty

Art Foundations, Painting
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David Holdhusen

Chair, Music/Professor/Dir, Choral Activities

Specialty

Chair, Dept. of Music
Director of Choral Activities
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Michael Hook

Professor

Specialty

Printmaking, Painting, Drawing, Mixed Media
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Cory Knedler

Chair, Art/Professor

Specialty

Art Education
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Christopher Kocher

Professor

Specialty

Director of Jazz Studies & Saxophone
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Sonja Kraus

Assistant Professor

Specialty

Cello, String Bass, Rawlins Piano Trio
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Amy Laursen

Associate Professor

Specialty

Horn
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Paul Lombardi

Associate Professor

Specialty

Music Theory / Composition
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Chris Meyer

Associate Professor

Specialty

Sculpture
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Scott Mollman

Professor
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David Moskowitz

Professor

Specialty

Director of Graduate Studies, Music History
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Eric Mosterd

Assist Director CTL
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Matthew Nesmith

Associate Professor
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James Quigley

Assistant Professor

Specialty

Graphic Design, letterpress printing
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David Sanderson

Associate Professor

Specialty

Music Education
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Victor Shonk

Associate Professor
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Darin Wadley

Associate Professor

Specialty

Percussion
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Support the Fine Arts

Your gift, no matter the size, will provide scholarships and resources to talented and deserving students. It will provide state-of-the-art equipment and technology for classrooms and help faculty pursue research and performance, both nationally and internationally.

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The South Dakotan Fine Arts 

Our digital publication, The South Dakotan Fine Arts, features the latest stories about our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends and the meaningful contributions they provide to their communities.

 

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Contact Us

College of Fine Arts
Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts
414 E. Clark St.
Vermillion, SD 57069