Johnson Fine Arts Center

Audiences from around the region flock to the more than 65 university, community and regional performances that take place annually at the Northern State University Johnson Fine Arts Center.

This beautiful facility has a rich history, but it recently went through a $15 million remodeling project that included an expanded lobby area; renovated main theater with improved acoustics and new seating; and new orchestra pit and shell system. The building is home to the main Jewett Theater; a black box theater for intimate performances; and JFAC Art Gallery.

Most importantly, JFAC is home to one of the strongest fine arts departments in the Midwest. Come see for yourself!

Admission to our 2020-2021 fine arts events is free of charge and virtual attendance options are available.

Explore our upcoming fine arts events.

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Learn more about becoming a student in the School of Fine Arts.

Band members performing in JFAC


Due to COVID-19, admission is free to all 2020-21 NSU School of Fine Arts events. Limited seating is available; passes will be distributed at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.

Masks are required for all patrons, as mandated by the S.D. Board of Regents.

All music concerts and recitals can be viewed live on the NSU Music Department Facebook page.

For more information, call 605-626-2497.


JFAC Gallery exhibits the work of nationally and internationally recognized contemporary artists, as well as student artwork and pieces from the NSU permanent collection.

Main Theater

A 1000-seat proscenium space, the Jewett Theater is the venue for the full season of orchestra and band concerts and one large musical production each academic year. 

Our musical events are all reinforced with a beautiful, cherry wood-grained Diva acoustical shell. 

Guest lectures and presentations, including the annual NSU Common Read Lecture, are also a frequent occurrence in the theater. 

With a 600-square-foot, mechanized orchestra pit that can seat more than 30 musicians, the theater has been the venue for large musicals as well as more intimate theatrical pieces.

Take a virtual tour of Jewett Theater


An intimate space with the audience as close as five feet from the action, the Black Box provides a versatile performance area for musicals, operas, small cast shows and other events.