School of the Arts


For the second year, the Creative Art Series is enhancing student learning and broadening public perspectives through art, music, film and theater.

Each visiting artist in this School of the Arts series offers a master class workshop for students and presents a free public performance to open the experience to members of the public. The series also includes highly-celebrated events by St. Cloud State's own students and faculty.

2015-2016 Upcoming Events

April 19-23, 2016 - "Hair" the musical
Ticketed theater event Creative Art Series

Presented by the Department of Theatre & Film. Free with St. Cloud State ID. 

7:30 p.m. (2 p.m. April 24) / Performing Arts Center, Center Stage

hairSt. Cloud State theater department presents "Hair," a Broadway classic that puts rock music, and the culture that went with it, on stage.

"Hair" has a strong impact on everyone and acts as a bridge between generations and viewpoints. What looks like incredible chaos is actually organized chaos.

Phenomenal musical numbers include "Aquarius," "Good Morning Starshine," "Easy to be Hard," "Hair" and "I Got Life."

*For Mature Audiences

Get your tickets here

April 20th, 2016 - 50th annual Juried Student Art Exhibition
Free art event Creative Art Series

Free event. Presented by the Department of Art.

Gallery opening reception and scholarship awards 4pm / Kiehle Visual Arts Center, Kiehle Gallery

Student Art ExhibitThe Department of Art celebrates its 50th year of the Juried Student Art Exhibition, curated by Twin Cities arts professionals.

April 29, 2016 - Student Film Festival
Free film event Creative Art Series

Free event. Presented by the Department of Theatre & Film.

7 p.m. / Performing Arts Center, Center Stage

Film ShowThe third annual Student Film Festival features the best St. Cloud State past and present student short films. Filmmakers, actors and crew will be in attendance.

April 26, 2016 - Her Story, Her Song
Ticketd music event Creative Art Series

Presented by the Department of Music. Tickets TBA.

7:30 p.m. / Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4310 County Rd 137, St. Cloud

Her Story, Her SongThe Department of Music is proud to present the 15th annual "Her Story, Her Song" concert. "Her Story, Her Song" is designed to give performers and audience members an opportunity to explore an aspect of life from the feminine perspective.

Student participants also seek a community connection to help increase awareness of the community's support systems available to help women and children.

Read about the 2015 "Her Story, Her Song."

Previous 2015-2016 Events

Sept. 9, 2015 - Pablo Mahave-Veglia, "Not so Alone"
Creative Art Series

7:30 p.m. / Performing Arts Center, Recital Hall

Pablo Mahave-VegliaWorld-renown cellist Pablo Mahave-Veglia, a former professor at St. Cloud State, performs "Not so Alone," a recital of works for solo cello, electronics and video, to mark the opening of the second annual Creative Art Series. His performance includes works by Bach, Bill Ryan, Edgardo Cantón and Andrés Alcalde.

Mahave-Veglia performs on a five-string baroque cello made by Chilean Luthier Marcelo Cigna in 1986. He also performs on a late eighteenth century British cello restored to period setup by Ian Watchorn in 2005. His modern instrument is a 1790 William Forster on loan to him by an anonymous private collector.

Please join us for this unforgettable kick-off event and the opening reception for the Creative Art Series.

Free event. Presented by the Department of Music.

Related campus events

Faculty Music Recital  Sept. 8, Performing Arts Center. Recital of chamber music in collaboration with the string faculty at St. Cloud State: Marion Judish, violin, Coca Bochonko, viola and Joel Salvo, cello. Performance includes works by Kodaly, Hindemith and Arensky.

Master Class  Sept. 9.

Sept. 30, 2015 - Tim Miller, "Performance! Body! Self!"
Creative Art Series

Free event. Presented by the Department of Theatre & Film Studies and Department of Communication Studies

8 p.m. / Performing Arts Center, Center Stage

Tim MillerTim Miller presents "Performance! Body! Self!" The free performance is a solo performance where Miller will perform excerpts of his performances and speak about how performance can be used to embolden communities and connect people.

As an internationally-acclaimed solo performance artist, Tim Miller's creative work as a performer and writer explores the artistic, spiritual and political topography of his identity as a gay man.

Since 1999, Miller has focused his creative and political work on marriage equality and addressing the injustices facing lesbian and gay couples in America.

Hailed for his humor and passion, Miller has taught performance at at universities throughout the United States.

Read more about Tim Miller's upcoming performance and residency.

Related campus events

"Body Maps" workshop and performance – Miller’s residency includes a week-long workshop for students and the community that culminates with “Body Maps,” a free public performance at 8 p.m. Oct. 2 in Headley Hall 227.

Any St. Cloud State student or interested community member is welcome to participate in the workshop by attending the group rehearsals from 7-10 p.m. Sept. 28-29 and Oct. 1. Participation in the group performance at 8 p.m. Oct. 2 is not required to participate in the workshop. The final rehearsal for the show will be 4:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 2. The workshop and student performance will be held in Headley Hall, those interested in participating can contact Tami Spry at

Nov. 3, 2015 - Ensemble U:

Free event. Presented by the Department of Music.

8 p.m. / Performing Arts Center, Recital Hall

Ensemble U:

U: is a Tallinn, Estonia-based sextet dedicated to contemporary music. The ensemble will be in residence at SCSU as part of the Creative Arts Series. While in St. Cloud, they will present masterclasses on music entrepreneurship in a post-Soviet republic and improvisation, and a concert featuring new music written for them by Estonian and American composers. This will include the world premier of Accretion, which they commissioned from SCSU music professor Scott Miller.




Taavi Kerikmäe  - Piano
Tarmo Johannes - Flute
Helena tuuling - Clarinet
Merje Roomere - Violin
Levi-Danel Mägila - Violoncello
Vambola Krigul - Percussion

More information about the ensemble can be found here:

Nov. 15, 2015 - Music at St. Mary's
Creative Art Series

Presented by the Department of Music. Tickets TBA.

2 p.m. / Cathedral of St. Mary, 25 8th Ave. S, St. Cloud

Ensemble U:The St. Cloud State choirs present the highly-celebrated Music at St. Mary's concert in the beautiful Cathedral of St. Mary in downtown St. Cloud.

This annual event will feature a sampling of the finest choral repertoire ranging from exciting new works to beloved choral classics. The concert will include performances by the St. Cloud State Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Women's Choir and Men's Choir.

Join us for an afternoon of enchanting voices during this signature St. Cloud State event in one of the community's most celebrated venues.

St. Cloud State University Choirs Facebook Page

Jan. 26-Feb. 25, 2016 - Chloe Lum & Yannick Desranleau

Free event. Presented by the Department of Art.

Gallery opening 4-6:30 p.m. Jan. 26 / Kiehle Visual Arts Center, Kiehle Gallery 

SeripopChloe Lum and Yannick Desranleau work together to design album covers, prints, books and illustrations. Based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, their screen printed work investigates the relationship between the materials of fabric and paper. 

They will create a site-specific installation at Kiehle Gallery.

There will be an opening ceremony from 4-5 p.m. Jan. 26 featuring a performance by the Bodycartography Project in the Kiehle Gallery. An artist talk will follow from 5-6:30 p.m.

Lum and Desranleau have exhibited in Canada and abroad, notably in

  • University of Texas at Austin (2015),
  • Center for Books and Paper Arts (Columbia College Chicago, 2015),
  • Confederation Centre Art Gallery (Charlottetown, 2014),
  • YYZ artists’ outlet (Toronto, 2013),
  • Blackwood Gallery (University of Toronto, 2012),
  • Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal (Québec Triennial 2011),
  • Kunsthalle Wien (Vienna, Austria, 2010),
  • BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (Gateshead, England, 2009)
  • Whitechapel Project Space (London, England, 2007).

Their collaborative work is in several collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), the University of Maryland Art Gallery and the Bank of Montreal corporate art collection.

Feb. 22-26, 2016 - Godfrey Reggio
Free Music event Creative Art Series

Free event. Presented by the Department of Theater & Film.

7 p.m. Feb. 22-24 / Showing of "Qatsi" Trilogy (prior to his visit), Performing Arts Center, Recital Hall

Godfrey ReggioGodfrey Reggio is a pioneer of a film style that creates poetic images of extraordinary emotional impact for audiences worldwide.

During his visit to St. Cloud State, Reggio will showcase his "QATSI" trilogy, essays of visual images and sound which chronicle the destructive impact of the modern world on the environment.

The QATSI trilogy includes the films "Koyaanisqatsi," "Powaqqatsi," and "Naqoyqatsi." All of the film titles are taken from the Hopi language; Koyaanisqatsi meaning "life out of balance," Powaqqatsi meaning "life in transformation," and "Naqoyqatsi" meaning "life as war."

Related campus and community events

"Visitors" viewing – 7 p.m. Feb. 25, Paramount Theatre, downtown St. Cloud. Thirty years after "Koyaanisqatsi," Godfrey Reggio – with the support of Philip Glass and Jon Kane – creates another stunning, wordless portrait of modern life. "Visitors" reveals humanity’s trancelike relationship with technology, which, when commandeered by extreme emotional states, produces massive effects far beyond the human species.

A Q&A with Reggio will follow the viewing.

Master Class – 7 p.m. Feb. 26, Performing Arts Center, Ruth Gant Recital Hall.