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.

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Current Events:


Mythology of History: Works by Adam Mysock and Ivan Fortushniak

January 20-February 21
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 20 6-9 p.m.
Weatherhead Gallery, Mimi and Ian Rolland Art Center, 2701 Spring St
Closer Look Lecture with Adam Mysock: Wednesday, February 21 7:30 p.m.
North Campus Auditorium, 2702 Spring Street
This exhibition will display works by two artists that reference history in the work from an allegorical point of view. Mysock states of his small-scale, hyper-realistic oil paintings, “I’m a revisionist history painter. Rather than rewrite the narrative of the past to justify an ideology, I repaint yesterday’s imagery in order to rationalize our present circumstances.” Fortushniak works in oil as well as collage and mixed media. He re-contexualizes historical references in his work as an examination that the challenges of the past are still evident in the present tense. Don Kruse will have works displayed in the Goldfish Gallery. He is a local artist, art educator and member of the Fort Wayne Six. His works on paper reference his interest in mythology, world religion and symbolism.

42nd High School Exhibition

March 1-18
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 1 6-8 p.m., Awards 7 p.m.
Weatherhead Gallery, Mimi and Ian Rolland Art Center, 2701 Spring St
This exhibition features student work from high schools through Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Illinois. Works are first juried by their high school teachers to a selection of ten works by each school which are then judged by a regional artist at the School of Creative Arts. Cash awards are given to the top artists as selected by the exhibition judge.

42nd SOCA Student Exhibition

April 7-May 2
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 7 5-7 p.m.
Weatherhead Gallery, Mimi and Ian Rolland Art Center, 2701 Spring St
Awards Program: Saturday, April 7 7:30 p.m.
USF Robert Goldstine Performing Art Center, 431 W Berry St
This exhibition features work by students currently enrolled at the School of Creative Arts. All studio art, communication arts and graphic design, computer art, film and music technology will be on display. In conjunction with the reception, there will be live performances and concerts at the performing arts center. The awards ceremony will also be at the USF Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center on the downtown USF campus.


The University of Saint Francis School of Creative Arts presents “1984,” a play based on the iconic novel by George Orwell.

Auditions are December 3 at 6 p.m. in the University of Saint Francis North Campus Auditorium, 2701 Spring Street. The show runs Friday through Sunday, February 23-25 and March 2-4.