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Art and Theatre Department 
Spafford Hall 206
1200 S. Jay St.
Aberdeen, S.D. 57401
Phone: 605-626-2514
Fax: 605-626-2263
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Welcome from Department Chair Peter Kilian

It is a pleasure to welcome you to the NSU Art Department! We are proud of our long tradition of educating and training K-12 art teachers, digital graphic artists and fine artists. All degree programs offered by the art department are recognized and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD), the nation’s foremost accrediting body for the visual arts. Here, you will find a diverse and challenging curriculum designed to meet the needs of today – and tomorrow.

Our nationally recognized faculty of artists and scholars are highly trained and experienced in their respective disciplines. Further, they are active professionals, applying their considerable skills and talents to the workplace. We look forward to the opportunity to study, work and grow with you.


You will find the campus environment at NSU to be secure, and that classrooms and studio labs are furnished with modern technology and equipment. Our small class sizes and community of student artists and designers fosters an environment for true learning, growth and success. Perhaps most important, the art faculty are truly passionate about art and design - and equally so about their students' progress and achievement.

Please take a few minutes to learn more about us. If you have questions, or if I can be of further service, do not hesitate to contact me.





Peter Kilian, Professor of Art
Chair, Department of Art & Theatre


The NSU Art Department – Be You, Be Us, Be Northern!