College of Fine Arts
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.
Our graduates have made an impact in nearly every area of the arts and design in America. A sampling of their recognition is the Tonys, Academy Awards, Emmys, advertising Clios, Graphis, The New York Times, Vienna Staatsoper, Chicago International Film Festival, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Design, New York City Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Guggenheim Museum, MTV, Library of Congress, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Hirshhorn Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Carnegie Hall, Sundance Film Festival, Whitney Museum, Chicago Lyric Opera, Disney Studios, Spike Lee Productions, Tokyo Museum and San Francisco MOMA and many more. Alums include:
Samuel Ramey, world renown opera star
Malcolm Myers, University of Minnesota, internationally known printmaker
Barbara Honn, internationally renown voice teacher, Cincinnati Conservatory
Karla Burns, Tony award nominated Broadway musical theatre performer
James Davis, University of Arizona; nationally known painter
Stephen Fiol, Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs, Milliken University
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 know printmaker and installation artist
Matt Wilson, Jazz percussionist, Boston and New York
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