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15th Annual - Fine Arts Celebration - Southwest Minnesota State University - April 1 - May 15, 2021

2021 Fine Arts Celebration

Events and Schedules

The 15th annual Festival of the Fine Arts featuring the creative works from the
Fine Arts and Communication Department and the Creative Writing Program.  There is a combination of live and virtual events.  Click on the department below for a full listing of events.

Art and Design

  •  Whipple Gallery: More information coming soon!

Communication Studies

  • "Drawn Together" Watch Party  
    Monday, April 5 at 7:00 p.m.  
    Come join a discussion of the documentary "Drawn Together" with commentary of SMSU Art Prof. Anne Wedler. Drawn Together traces the fascinating journey of three comic creators who challenge the notion of race, appearance, and gender stereotypes through cartoons, comics and cosplay.
    * Selected in over 52 International Film Festivals  
    * Winner of 9 major awards including "BEST Documentary", "Freedom Award" and "Jason D Mak award for Social Justice".  
    RSVP by clicking here!   
    Brought to campus by: SMSU Social Justice Club, SMSU LGBTQ+ Center and SMSU Women’s Center, SMSU Art Club, SMSU Forensics Team, SMSU Chemistry Club, SMSU Sociology Club, SMSU HR Club, SMSU Creative Writing Program, AOS/ODI


  • Elizabeth Brown Poetry Reading and Conversation
    Thursday April 8th at 7:00 p.m.  
    SMSU Alum Elizabeth Brown (class of 2014) returns to campus to share her incredible work.  This author and speaker will share poems from her books "Unwanted Confessions Confirmed" and "Sour Lemonade".  She will also host a fantastic discussion about her work!
    Sponsored by Forensics, Social Justice Club, LGBTQ+ Center, and Creative Writing. 
    To view the recorded session with Elizabeth Brown, click HERE!
    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.



  • Forensics Team Showcase
    April 12 at 7:00 p.m. Click here for the link. 
      Come watch some of the best performances of the season from the SMSU Forensics Team!
  • SMSU Forensics Team Co-Hosts the Interstate Oratorical Association Contest  
    April 23-24    
    The Interstate Oratorical Association hosts the oldest continuous competitive speaking contest in the entire United States. Since 1874, Interstate has included competitors who went on to become public officials, judges, and leaders in business. SMSU is honored to be co-hosting Interstate with the University of Minnesota. This contest features the top two persuasive speakers from each state in a fierce competition to determine who is the best orator in the United States. The final competition round will be judged by several people, including state auditor Julie Blaha and former state representative and one of the directors for Gender Justice, Erin Maye Quade. The competition will include 3 preliminary rounds, a semifinal round, and a final round.
    Those interested in watching competition rounds may email Julie Walker  for more information and links. A documentary produced by current SMSU students Mitchell Baker McGrath and Trevor Groebner will be shown at the event describing notable pieces of Interstate history.


  • MAST Presents COVID-19 Stories: "Surviving this Mess"   
    Tuesday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m. 
    The Marshall Area Story Tellers (MAST) is proud to present COVID-19 Stories: Surviving this Mess. True stories shared by community members (some current, some former) about what it’s been like living during COVID. Hear stories about isolation, connection, loss, and triumph. And there may be a cat or two that wanders into the narrative. This event will feature multiple SMSU Alumni, including Crystal Watts (class of ’19) and Brady Sommervold (class of ’19).   This event is a part of the Fine Arts Celebration.
    RSVP by clicking here for Zoom room details!
    Brought to campus by: The Marshall Area Story Tellers (MAST), the SMSU Forensics Team
  •  A Breath for George Screening  
    Wednesday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m. 
    A collaboration of programs and organizations on campus are proud to bring A Breath for George to Marshall. As described by the New Dawn Theater, who produced the program, “A Breath for George' is a collection of songs, interviews, monologues and short films honoring the life and death of George Floyd, those who have fallen before him and those who continue to fall due to police brutality and systemic racism. Our film focuses on voices of Minnesotans; historically and adversely affected by social and civil injustices; physically, emotionally and financially. "A Breath for George" is a vehicle to mobilize our citizens nationwide to roll up our sleeves and create radical, lasting change for our future.  
    Featuring: Vanessa Brooke Agnes, James T. Alfred, Jamecia Bennett, James Craven, Aimee K. Bryant, Perri Gaffney, Brian Grandison, Peter Macon, Thomasina Petrus, T. Mychael Rambo, Frank Sentwali, Andre Shoals, Jevetta Steele, Austene Van & Regina Marie Williams. Interviews with Sarah Bellamy, Rose Brewer PhD, Melvin Carter Jr., Danielle Epps, Harvey Blanks, Duchess Harris PhD, Jamil Jude, Talvin Wilks and Professor Emeritus; John Wright.”  
    We count ourselves lucky we are able to share this incredible screening with the Marshall community.  
    Email Julie Walker  for details or check the SMSU Fine Arts Ceremony page for more information.  This event is a part of the Fine Arts Celebration.  Brought to campus by: SMSU Theater Program, SMSU Forensics Team, SMSU Social Justice Club, SMSU Women’s Center and LGBTQ+ Center, SMSU Chemistry Club, SMSU Sociology Club, SMSU HR Club, AOS/ODI
 Creative Writing
  • Senior Capstone Reading for ShyAnn Anderson.  Click Here to view ShyAnn's reading!
  • Faculty Reading:  Click HERE to view Judy Wilson's fiction reading.
  • Steve Pacheco's LIT 263 Poetry Class Presentation


  • SMSU Jazz Ensemble with guest flutist, Dr. Oliver Nelson:
    Oliver Nelson joins a long and distinguished list of musicians who have performed with the SMSU Bands as part of the Guest Artist Series.  Dr. Nelson is a professional flutist.  He is also the son of legendary jazz alto saxophonist and composer, Oliver Nelson.  In the linked recording session, Dr. Nelson joins the SMSU Jazz Ensemble in playing five works written by his father.  This activity was funded in part with a grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council made possible by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State's general fund.  
    Recording Session took place on March 22, 2021  Click HERE for a link to this performance!                 oliver-nelson.jpg

  • Southwest Minnesota Orchestra "Schubertiade"
    Recording Session April 13th
    Tentative Link to performance April 23rd


  • SMSU Jazz Ensemble: Click HERE for a link to the Recording Session April 19th
    Tentative Link to performance April 30th
    The Jazz Ensemble performs some additional Big Bands charts no previously recorded, including an arrangement of the Rippingtons' hit "Morocco".  The recoring session will also include jazz standards performed in combo format.  Small groups of students will perform together featuring individual improvised solos on classics, "Dream of Little Dream of Me", "All of Me", and "Cherry PInk and Apple Blossom White."



  • SMSU/Community Concert Band: Recording Session April 22nd, click HERE to view that recording!
    Like many bands around the country, the SMSU/Community Concert Band has spent the year playing in smaller groups in order to provide the safest rehersal and performance environment possible. The group finishes the year with performances by each small ensemble. We hope you will enjoy this show.



  • Symphonic Chamber Winds: Recording Session April 26th.  Click HERE to view the session!
    The Symphonic Chamber Winds is an auditioned group designed specifically to play music written for small groups. This group was uniquely suited to dealing with the challenges of this pandemic.  This recording session features several chamber ensemble works as well as works for larger bands that were re-arranged for small groups durin ghte pandemic. 
    Tentative Link to performance May 7th


  • SMSU Chorale
    Virtual Choir Performances
    Videos will be uploaded to the SMSU Choirs YouTube Page May 5th.  Click Here for Link to this performance.   Another Performance has gone live April 21st with a performance entitled "Requiem".  Click Here to watch another amazing performance by the SMSU Chorale


  • SMSU Music Program Student Recital Compilation
    Including selected performances from virtual recitals on April 7, 21 and 28
    Tentative Link to performances May 7th


  • Southwest Minnesota Orchestra "Children's Concert"
    Recording Session May 1st
    Tentative Link to performance May 14th


  • "An American House"  
    Live Performances Only
    7:30 p.m. performances:   April 8, 9, 10, 16, 17
    2:00 p.m. performances:  April 11, 18
    Click here for more information
  • Fashion Funway Live Event
    April 12th at 6:30 p.m. at SMSU Fine Arts Theatre
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 
    Live student film awards viewing
    April 13th at 6:30 p.m. at the SMSU Fine Arts Theatre
  • MAST Presents "Surviving this Mess:  Pandemic Stories from Southwest Minnesota"
    April 27th at 7:00 p.m. at
    The Marshall Area Story Tellers presents stories from Southwest Minnesota about the COVID-19 pandemic! Come watch local folks share their experiences about life during the era of social distancing.

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General Information
All events are free and open to the public unless noted.  For more information, call the Fine Arts and Communication office at (507) 537-7103, or email .

Tune in to Marshall Radio for weather-related announcements.

ADA/Section 504: Individuals with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation to participate, please call the SMSU Office of Communications & Marketing at 1-800-642-0684, or the Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529.  Please allow 5-7 days advance notice to schedule the accommodation. 

Directions / Event Locations / Parking
Generally, parking is available without a permit anywhere on campus after 4:30 p.m., except in specified parking areas.  If you are visiting the campus during the day for a fine arts event, call the department office, or Security at (507) 537-7252, for parking updates.  We will coordinate free parking for events upon request.

To find event locations, or an adjacent parking lot, visit our Interactive Campus Map .  Scroll down on the campus map to check the areas you wish to locate on campus.

On-Campus Locations
BA - Bellows Academic
CC - Conference Center (with circular drive, located next to the Student Center)
CH - Charter Hall
FA - Fine Arts
IL - Individualized Learning Building
SC - Student Center

Off-Campus Locations
First Lutheran Church, 100 Church St, Marshall
Marshall-Lyon County Library, 205 C S, Marshall
SCCPA : The Schwan Community Center for the Performing Arts at Marshall Senior High School, 400 Tiger Dr

Thank you for your interest and support of the Fine Arts!

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