WSU Arts Administration

Founded in 1858, Winona State University is a comprehensive public university with close to 8,500 students. In pursuit of its mission to enhance the intellectual, cultural, and economic vitality of the people and communities we serve, we welcome the public to our campus to enjoy many arts and cultural events. Pick your passion:

WSU offers stellar academic and performance quality for its music students. We also bring unique guest artists to perform, and our faculty performers are second to none in our region. Please visit to enjoy our talented students perform in our orchestra, jazz, choral, and small ensembles.

Theatre & Dance:
The Theatre & Dance Department at WSU offers a stimulating and enriching experience for our theatre major, theatre minor and dance minor students, within a supportive liberal arts context. Plays and dance performances are renowned throughout the region, and our students love performing for the larger Winona community.

Visual Art & Design:
Through a combination of studio and art history courses, WSU art majors build cognitive skills while engaging in the inherently creative activities of the art process. Students acquire interrelated skills in visual perception, creative problem-solving, and critical thinking. The Paul Watkins Gallery exhibits the work of regional and national artists. Guest artists often give lectures that are open to the public, and the Winona community is always welcome at exhibit openings and to simply enjoy spending time in the gallery.

Guest Speakers:
The Lyceum Series is the premier speaker series at WSU. It was initiated in 1989 to present events that provide unique cultural enrichment and educational opportunities for the Winona and Rochester campus communities. Internationally renowned speakers present topics in the sciences, the arts, politics, literature, popular culture, and more.

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