The University of Saint Francis School of Creative Arts (SOCA) is a creative, collaborative learning environment that provides a personalized education. Accredited by the prestigious National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), SOCA is dedicated to helping you express your talents and achieve your career goals in the visual arts, communication, dance, music, music technology and theatre.

You will work alongside faculty members in a collaborative and progressive creative environment, supported by state-of-the-art facilities. By actively exhibiting and performing your work and attending and presenting at national conferences, you will gain hands-on experience in your field of choice.

Current Events:

Denise Stewart-Sanabria, “Virtual Reality”

September 9 through October 12, 2017
Opening Presidential Gala on Saturday September 9 from 6-9pm
Denise Stewart-Sanabria will be creating a gallery installation for her exhibition – “Virtual Reality.” She is known for her larger-than-life-size, figure drawings created with charcoal on birch plywood. Each drawing is self-standing which creates a juxtaposition between both 2-D and 3-D space. She will fill the gallery with numerous figures creating a social narrative between the viewing audience and her installation.

This Exhibit and Lecture are sponsored by 3Rivers Federal Credit Union.

Contemporary Photography: The Visual Narrative

October 23-November 19
Opening Reception October 28, 6-9 p.m.
Weatherhead Gallery, Mimi and Ian Rolland Art Center, 2701 Spring St
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 1-5 p.m.
This exhibition will display several contemporary photographers that focus on narrative as a theme in their work. Artists include: Julie Blackmon, Elizabeth Ernst (featured artist), Lori Nix, Robert and Shana Parke Harrison, Doug Prince, Gregory Scott. Each artists bends the technical aspects of photography to aesthetically create unique works with a visual narrative. Photographer Martina Lopez will show work in the Goldfish Gallery. This exhibition is in partnership with the Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago.

Closer Look Lecture: Elizabeth Ernst
Monday, November 6 7:30 p.m.
North Campus Auditorium, 2702 Spring Street

Alan Nauts Design and Illustration Retrospective

October 30-December 15
Opening Reception November 6, 6-7:30 p.m.
Throughout his career, Alan has been a fine artist, illustrator, graphic designer—and a teacher. This retrospective spanning over thirty years displays both his studio art practice and his projects as a graphic designer. He holds a BA and MA from the University of Saint Francis. Alan has been the graphic design program director at the School of Creative Arts since 2002.

USF Record Label Accepting Submissions

USF is launching a new student-run record label in fall 2017 with album production and promotion beginning in spring 2018. The label will be run by students from two university programs: Media Entrepreneurship Training in the Arts (META) and the School of Creative Arts Music Technology program. Area musical artists can submit work in any genre for review. One artist will be selected from submissions and signed for the inaugural album to be recorded by the USF Music Technology program, and promoted by a META student marketing team. The signed artist will also have the opportunity for one of his or her original compositions to be produced by music industry professional Rob Mathes.

Deadline to submit work is October 31, 2017.

Sister Act

The feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet!
•    Friday, November 3 – 8 p.m.
•    Saturday, November 4 – 8 p.m.
•    Sunday, November 5 – 2 p.m.
•    Friday, November 10 – 8 p.m.
•    Saturday, November 11 – 8 p.m.
•    Sunday, November 12 – 2 p.m.