College of Fine Arts
Your journey from young talented amateur to successful professional – whatever the artistic endeavor – can be a long and arduous one. But it can also be a journey that provides the deepest levels of ecstasy and fulfillment the human soul can imagine. It is a journey that you alone can travel . . . but it is a journey that cannot be made without the help of others.
This is why the College of Fine Arts exists – to give you the personal training, support, and perspective you need to fulfill the potential within you . . . technically, artistically, intellectually, emotionally, and even spiritually. It is, after all, a journey of the spirit as well as the mind and the body.
As a Fine Arts student at WSU, you will be trained to professional standards in a professional context, mentored by outstanding world-renowned artists who work with you as directors, designers, conductors, coaches and tutors. Our training produces accomplished musicians, singers, actors, dancers, designers, stage managers and technicians. Some reach the very peak of their chosen professions to become household names. Others use their craft to bring performances or creations to stage and
screen. The life of an artist is fulfilling but demanding. We train and prepare students to engage the arts all around the world. In turn, we welcome students from all around the world: 40 per cent of our students are from outside Kansas, representing more than 30 states and 20 nationalities. And we enroll students from all backgrounds, offering over $half million in scholarships each year.
The College of Fine Arts is one of the most respected schools of visual and performing arts in the nation. We have an exceptional faculty whose work is recognized by major museums, art and design publications, national and international media, the National Endowment for the Arts and national and regional symphonies, theatres and opera companies across the country.
Our Mission is to enhance and advocate artistic excellence through teaching, learning and expression.
We do this by providing each individual student, whatever your passion, with all of the academic and artistic experiences you need to begin your journey toward fulfilling your dreams. That journey starts the moment you become our responsibility. Assessment, application and one-on-one experiences with our faculty insure that you receive everything you need to fulfill those dreams – including guidance on which path, in their opinion, is the one that will bring you the best opportunity for fulfillment. Because of this, our alumni have made an impact in nearly every area of the arts and design nationally and internationally. Examples of our alumni who have made such an impact include:
Samuel Ramey, world renown opera star
Malcolm Myers, internationally known printmaker
Barbara Honn, internationally renown voice teacher,
Karla Burns, Tony award nominated Broadway musical theatre performer
James Davis, nationally renowned painter
Dawn Dipasquale, New York choreographer and director
W. Lowell Baker, nationally known ceramics artist
Joyce DiDonato, internationally acclaimed soprano recitalist and operatic soloist
Jeffrey Eric Jenkins, Editor and Director of Theatre Studies, New York University, serves on the board of directors of the American Theatre Wing, and the executive committee of the Theater Hall of Fame
Larry Anderson, nationally recognized printmaker and installation artist
Matt Wilson, Internationally renowned Jazz percussionist
Hal Davis, Broadway actor
Michael Borth, Music Director and Conductor at California Conservatory of Arts
Kate Snodgrass, Artistic Director of the Boston Playwrights Lab at Boston University
And these are just a few. There's a good reason for this. WSU is the only comprehensive College of Fine Arts in Kansas. Our size and international reputation creates an exceptional range of opportunities with faculty who, while internationally reputed in their own right, are intensely focused on the individual student. Located in the largest city in Kansas, students and faculty are exposed to and participate in professional, artistic, and cultural endeavors in every art form. It also allows students to have extensive opportunities for internships with a myriad of companies and organizations in the metropolitan area.
The College of Fine Arts is a living laboratory for learning, where actors, musicians, artists, designers, dancers and scholars explore the unknown, learn how to develop their talent into professional skills, and discover first-hand the true meaning of artistry. We invite you to become a part of our family as a student, community participant, or as an interested audience member.
Rodney E. Miller
Rodney E. Miller, Dean