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School of Fine Arts

Dr. Alan LaFave, Dean


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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Group of Northern students playing instruments
NSU School of Fine Arts
“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 




Dr. Grant Manhart created a high school-college student meet-and-greet for the International Trumpet Guild Conference.   MORE

Northern professors Greg Blair and Sara Christensen Blair are participating in the Heart to Heart Exhibit at the South Dakota Art Museum.   MORE

Northern theater students and faculty received honors at the recent Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.   MORE


The 45th annual South Dakota Jazz Festival concert featured legendary Cuban-born jazz pianist Nachito Herrera.   MORE


NSU's Dominant 7 performed at the inauguration ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda and during the Governor’s Ball grand march.   MORE

Dr. Greg Blair's 'The Way We Get By: Aesthetic Engagement with Place' was published in the Journal of Art for Life.   MORE


A multi-million dollar renovation is planned for Johnson Fine Arts Center.  MORE

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. Our school has a long and illustrious history of influence in the arts of the region; learn more about our emeritus faculty.