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School of Fine Arts

Dean: Dr. Alan LaFave


Spafford Hall 316

1200 S. Jay St.

Aberdeen, S.D. 57401


Phone: 605-626-2497

Fax: 605-626-2263

E-mail: Laura Haar

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School of Fine Arts
Maybe you belong onstage – or backstage. Maybe you were made to create perfect paintings – or compose masterful music. No matter your artistic calling, your home is the NSU School of Fine Arts.
The NSU School of Fine Arts is the largest in South Dakota, encompassing art, and music and theatre.
The spacious, gracious Johnson Fine Arts Center hosts more than 60 fine arts events each year, put on by the talented students and faculty of the NSU School of Fine Arts.
At Northern, talented faculty will inspire you to grow as an artist and excel in your chosen passion.















“Being in the Music Department has been such a positive experience. They really want you to achieve and get the most from your education."
Larissa Buchholz
Vocal music education major, theater minor 




A multi-million dollar renovation is planned for Johnson Fine Arts Center. Learn more and donate



Art professor Sara Christensen Blair has received this year's NSU Outstanding Faculty Award.  MORE


Music graduate Chris Massa is performing live in Las Vegas. MORE
NSU's art facilities are undergoing a $1.4 million upgrade.   MORE