As we enter the 2023-24 academic year, I want to thank you so much for your support of our program. Northern State University’s School of Fine Arts enjoys a much deserved reputation as the premier arts destination in our region. This is reflected in the community’s deep sense of pride in our accomplishments, as well as a tradition of achievement from our faculty and students. Additionally, we embrace the arts as a source of resilience, optimism, expression, and connection. This year, the School of Fine Arts took significant steps towards a more modern, collaborative, and interdisciplinary curriculum. Highlighted by new undergraduate-degree emphases in digital filmmaking, broadcasting, animation, interactive media production, arts technology, and an online graduate degree in art education, our students have an enhanced platform to interact and create innovative projects across traditional boundaries. To support these creative activities, we recently opened the new NSU Moving-Imagery Lab and Podcasting Studio, and will soon complete the new NSU Cinematic and Auditory Virtual Environments Lab. These transformative facilities and collaborative degree options are unique in South Dakota, and bring our art, theatre, and music students together in unparalleled ways. I am proud of NSU’s commitment to providing a superior education in the visual and performing arts, where students develop their talents, refine their passions, and ultimately become leaders in their chosen fields. Now more than ever, we have created an academic environment that encourages students to explore a multitude of artistic opportunities, wherever their talents lead them. Truly, our students do it all! As you peruse this booklet, I hope you enjoy the chance to review the past year in photos, preview the exciting 2023-24 season, and consider contributing to the School of Fine Arts’ growing base of support. As always, I look forward to sharing and celebrating our bright future with you. Warm regards, NORTHERN STATE UNIVERSITY | 3 Dr. Kenneth O. Boulton Dean, School of Fine Arts F ROM THE Dean