Johnson Fine Arts Center
The Johnson Fine Arts Center (JFAC) is home to one of the strongest music and theater departments in the midwest. JFAC is a valuable resource for the entire campus community, presenting and hosting more than 65 concerts and events during the year.
- The auditorium hosts NSU student theater performances and concerts and community events
- JFAC recently reopened upon completion of a $15 million remodeling project that included an expanded lobby area; renovated main theater with improved acoustics and new seating; new orchestra pit and shell system; new heating and cooling and fire suppression systems; and new lighting throughout.
- New space includes a black box theater, four classrooms, art gallery, improved student practice rooms, faculty offices and studios, box office, coat check, entrance, expanded parking, and additional restrooms.
- JFAC Parking, History and Specifications
Buy tickets to NSU School of Fine Arts events through the Johnson Fine Arts Center Box Office. Discounts and special offers are available exclusively through the JFAC box office.
- Hours: Noon-4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
- Phone: 605-626-2900
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Payment methods: Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted
- The box office opens two hours before show time on performance nights.
Johnson Fine Arts Center Gallery
Located off the vestibule, the JFAC Gallery was thoughtfully designed from the ground up to exhibit the work of nationally and internationally recognized contemporary artists, many of whom work on campus with NSU students through collaborations and technical workshops. The 1,000-square-foot gallery also is an exhibition space for student artworks and pieces from NSU's permanent collection. Please see the NSU Galleries Schedule for current exhibits.
Black Box Theater
JFAC's Black Box Theater is a 150-seat venue home to three season productions each academic year. An intimate space with the audience members as close as five feet from the action, the Black Box provides a basic, versatile performance area for musicals and operas as well as small cast shows. With overhead lighting and technical catwalks, this style of theater has become known for its "environmental" productions, with performers utilizing the entire space - from floor to ceiling.
A 1000-seat proscenium space, the Main 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 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.
NSU art facilities recently underwent a $1.4 million renovation. Students will find ample space and equipment to explore art education, design, art history, advertising design, computer and design, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, printmaking, and mixed media and fiber arts.
The spacious Spafford Studios area features natural light, hardwood floors, and spaces for design, drawing, and painting and printmaking labs; withsemi-private studio spaces for junior and senior art students.
Sculpture, printmaking, ceramics
The Spafford Studios are also home to the ceramics, sculpture and printmaking studio classrooms. The ceramics lab features four gas kilns and three large capacity electric kilns. The ceramics area features a generous work area with eight ceramics wheels.
The sculpture area features MIG welders, power equipment for woodworking, a bronze/metal foundry and well equipped hand tools.
The printmaking area features a Takach Intaglio press and Graphic Chemical Lithography press. The print lab offers traditional lithographic stones, tools for etching, relief and monotype methods, and technology equipment for digital printmaking.
Dacotah Hall Design Studio
Graphics and photography students will find that the newly renovated Dacotah Hall Design Studio features spacious graphics classrooms offering iMac workstations and professional Adobe Creative Cloud graphics software such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and After Effects.
The graphics area also features high-end printers and digital drawing and video production equipment, including Apples Final Cut Pro editing software.
The Dacotah Hall Design Studio also offers a modern darkroom and chemical room, eight film enlargers and facilities for processing black and white film. Digital photography is well supported with cameras, iMacs and high-quality inkjet printers. Students will also find a state-of-the-art lighting studio with a green screen for video and digital imaging applications.
At Northern, talented faculty will inspire you to grow as an artist and excel in your chosen passion. Our school has a long and illustrious history of influence in the arts of the region.