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Visiting Scholars and Sculptors

The School of Arts and Humanities, in partnership with School departments and individual School faculty members, frequently hosts visiting scholars for 2-3 day campus residencies. The visiting scholars interact extensively with our students and faculty, providing guest class lectures and at least one campus-wide public presentation as part of the visit, providing greater insights into non-Western and other under represented cultures. We have been pleased that we have attracted a wide variety of guests since the program's inception, including visiting scholars from Howard University, George Washington University, the University of Iowa, and other noted institutions. For a listing of previous press releases about these

guests please click here.


In collaboration with various campus entities, the School of Arts and Humanities has also created an annual Visiting Sculptor program, expanding the annual schedule of exhibitions in the Norstrand Visual Arts Gallery by including outdoor works. In 2010 the program expanded to a national sculpture competition. To read the press releases about these works, and view images, click here.




Artists from the Plains region are invited each year to campus to exhibit their work as visiting artists in the Nordstrand Visual Arts Gallery. The exhibition space provides a forum for these guest artists to share with students their developmental processes and their philosophies of art. The Nordstrand Visual Arts Gallery also provides exhibit opportunities for student work, and for annual faculty shows.



Musical Performances

The Wayne State College Department of Music provides rich musical experiences for all interested WSC students, and each year presents dozens of programs by faculty and student performers.



Theatrical Productions   | view photos |

The Wayne Sate College Theatre program produces 4- 5 fully mounted productions each year. These include a wide range of genre from the classics of Shakespeare to cutting edge modern drama, and have recently included productions of Steel Magnolias, School for Husbands, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Beauty and the Beast, The Tempest, The Diary of Anne Frank, and The Mad Adventures of Mr. Toad. The annual Children’s Theatre production, presented each April as a unique outreach service to the broader community, is annually attended by approximately 5,000 pre-school through fifth grade children. To view images from recent WSC theatrical productions please click on the heading above.



Black and Gold Performing Arts Series

For over fifty years the Wayne State College Black and Gold performing arts series has presented cultural programming to serve the northeast Nebraska region. Annually presenting full-scale opera and theatre productions, dance performances, orchestras, chamber music, Emmy-winning actors, and the annual President's Holiday Gala Concert, the series strives to enlighten, educate, and entertain. All performances of the series now take place in the renovated 700-seat Ramsey Theatre of the Lied Performing Arts Center.



Plains Writers Series

The Plains Writers Series was established as a means for bringing. contemporary poets and writers to campus for readings and workshops.

Since its inception the series has brought over one-hundred noted poets to Wayne State College to interact with students and faculty, including Pulitzer Prize-winner Rita Dove, Nebraska State Poet William Kloefkorn, Utah Poet Laureate David Lee, William Matthews, Cary Waterman, Lyn DeNayer, William Kittredge, Barbara Schmitz,David Long, Dan Chaon, Ron Block, CarolAnn Russell, Albert Goldbarth and Matt Mason. Beginning in 1999 the Series has focused on the work of promising poets and writers near the beginning of their careers.



Poetry Slam

The Poetry Slam is a semi-annual competition and public event for students. Student poets read their original work to an audience and a panel of judges. Through four rounds of readings, poems are judged on literary merit and the strength of the performance, and the top winners collect cash prizes. The Slam is usually held in conjunction with the Plains Writers Series.



"Hot Papers"

Initiated in 2001, the Hot Papers competition stimulates and displays the best academic writing at Wayne State College. The competition is open to all College students, and the winning papers are published in a journal format.


Upcoming Events

April 20-August 31

WSC Juried Student Exhibit

Nordstrand Visual Arts Gallery

Opening Reception:

April 20, 4:30-6:00 p.m.


April 28

Joshua Calkin, tuba

Ley Theatre, 7:30 p.m.


April 29

Black and Gold

Show Choir

Ramsey Theatre,

7:30 p.m.


April 30

Plains Writers Series

Humanities Lounge, 2:00 p.m.

Fiction Slam

The Max Bar & Grill,

7:00 p.m.


April 30

Wildcat Big Band (Jazz)

Ramsey Theatre,

7:30 p.m.


May 2

Jerod Kohler, trombone

Ley Theatre, 7:30 p.m.


May 4

Honors Recital

Ramsey Theatre,

7:30 p.m.

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