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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Our past adventures have given us many reasons to honor the future of SOCA. From our creative, collaborative learning environment and personalized education, to our students, alumni, faculty, and staff – our community is worth celebrating. Join us in celebrating by sharing a memory or making a gift to the Rick and Louise Cartwright Scholarship Fund.

Current Events:

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.

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 Concert Series

Rock the Campus Unplugged: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Rock the Campus: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Jazz Series: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Electric Campus: Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 7 p.m.
USF Singers Christmas Special: Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 7 p.m.

All performances take place in the USF Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center, 431 W Berry Street.

Alumni/Faculty Exhibition

December 2-December 17
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 2 6-9 p.m.
Weatherhead Gallery, Mimi and Ian Rolland Art Center, 2701 Spring St
This annual exhibition showcases the work of alumni and graduates from the School of Creative Arts. Artwork by current and retired faculty from the School of Creative Arts will also be on display. A variety of media and subject matter will offer something for everyone.

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.


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.


November 30
December 6