A reception will follow the event at 5:30 p.m. in the John A. Day Gallery.

Guests are encouraged to attend USD’s Theatre’s production of “As You Like It” at 7:30 p.m. in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre.

The Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding alumni, educators and friends of the College of Fine Arts who have helped establish its more than 90 years of excellence. This year, the College of Fine Arts is honoring eight individuals who have impacted the college in great ways.

“This year’s Hall of Fame class is amazing,” said Bruce Kelley, Ph.D., dean of the College of Fine Arts. “I am in awe of their accomplishments, and I deeply respect the impact they have had on the world around them. These are folks who have truly made a difference.”

This year’s Hall of Fame recipients includes the following.

  • Bryan Akipa '86
  • Cathy Britton '74, '90
  • Gerald Cournoyer '99, '00
  • Jayson Kerr Dobney '00, '04
  • Mi Young Lee '85, '88
  • Tom and Cindy Lillibridge '70, '73, '74
  • Ron Moyer
  • Warren M. Lee (Special Recognition Award)

To learn more about the Hall of Fame recipients, visit www.usdalumni.com/2023-cofa-hall-of-fame-recipients.

“I am often asked what one can do with a Fine Arts degree. These recipients prove conclusively that creativity, hard work and resilience—the hallmarks of a USD Fine Arts degree—can propel one to the highest levels of success,” said Kelley.

Hall of Fame recipients will receive a custom award. They will also be recognized by brass nameplates on the sculpture honor wall that was constructed in 2021, located on the wall east of the John A. Day Gallery in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts.

The Celebration of Excellence event is free and open to the public, but the College of Fine Arts requests attendees to RSVP. To register for the event, please visit www.usdalumni.com/events/celebration-of-excellence-2023.

For tickets to “As You Like It,” visit USD Theatre’s event page.

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