Message from the Dean


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WELCOME! The School of Fine Arts is a community ready to provide a quality fine arts experience for students and the people of our region.

Robert KaseWelcome to the UMD School of Fine Arts! We invite you to explore our web pages where you will discover all about our exciting and vibrant programs, see our Mission, Vision and learn about our many concerts, exhibitions, performances, faculty profiles and facilities.  Our programs are rich with unique and innovative pedagogy that emphasize creativity, expression, performance and research to help you achieve the success in your academic and professional pursuits. You will study with world class teachers that bring a wealth of professional and pedagogical expertise supported by internationally known guest artists, speakers, researchers, and performers along with outstanding extracurricular opportunities, travel opportunities, vibrant student life, and much more.

The School of Fine Arts is home to the Departments of Art & Design, Music, and Theatre. You’ll find these programs offering challenging, practice-based programs perfect for both the pre-professional artist and the student seeking a broad liberal arts experience grounded in the fine arts. You will be supported by dedicated faculty that love to teach and share their passion by working side by side to create great new works of art, fully realized theatrical performances, or concerts of Classical, Jazz, and other genres supported by new original compositions.

SFA is also home to the Tweed Art Gallery, UMD Fine Arts Academy, and the Viz Lab | MMAD Lab .  All of these provide educational and entertaining programming for the UMD campus and the Northland region. The Tweed collection includes significant late 19th century landscape painting, a fantastic collection of mid-20th century ceramics, and the Richard E. and Dorothy Rawlings Nelson collection of American Indian Art. The Fine Arts Academy offers community music lessons and unique arts programming for children and adults of all ages.

As you can see, the School of Fine Arts is a magnificent world that sparks one’s curiosity, engages expressive growth, exploration, discovery, performance, and enlightenment. Please come and visit our campus. We are excited about our programs and we want you to learn more about us as we get to know you. For a true perspective of student life in SFA, come visit our classes, programs, events, and talk with our faculty and students. Come and experience one of our intriguing art exhibits, enjoy a great play performance, or bask in the emotion of a great concert in our world class venue, or experience one of our many educational programs. We are sure you will find a transformative experience at the UMD School of Fine Arts.

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Dr. Robert Kase, Dean
UMD School of Fine Arts