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!

Experience Fine Arts at Northern

The admission policy for our fine arts events has been updated and virtual attendance options remain available.


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For all ticketed Northern music concerts and theatre productions, general admission tickets will be sold at the door.  There will not be advance ticket sales or online ticket purchases.

Payments will be by cash or check only; debit or credit card payments will not be processed.

General admission will be $10 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and Northern faculty/staff.  As always, student admission is free.

Enjoy all our music concerts and recitals live on the NSU Music Department Facebook page.

For more information, please 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.


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.