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The School of the Arts at Northern Kentucky University will host its inaugural SOTA Showcase, Oct. 17-19, 2019 at the Fine Arts Center on the campus of NKU. High school students and the creative arts community are invited to come out on Oct. 19 to learn about the academic offerings in the arts at NKU SOTA, culminating in a grand showcase of performers and artists from across the university. Highlights include performing groups in music, dance and theatre, artist demonstrations, and the “LightStreams” art installation from the Cincinnati BLINK 2019 Art & Light Festival. Guests can take campus tours, meet SOTA faculty, staff, students, and alumni, and participate in a full day of fun and educational experiences for art lovers of all ages.


Free parking will be available on Saturday, Oct. 19 in Lots "I" and "E." Parking elsewhere may result in a citation.

Eat + Drink

$2 Concessions will be available in the Corbett Theatre lobby Saturday, Oct. 19, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free SOTA Koozie with purchase of drink (while supplies last).

Nearby Eats (less than 1 mile away from NKU)

Applebees - 2810 Alexandria Pike

Chipotle Mexican Grill - 2527 Wilson Rd

City BBQ - 2760 Alexandria Pike

Jimmy John's - 2521 Wilson Rd (ask about 10% off coupon when checking in!)

Smashburger - 2517 Wilson Rd

Schedule of Events - Saturday, Oct. 19

See + Do

The following events and exhibits will be available throughout the day.

  • Open House
  • A Collection of Clay Street Press Artists (SOTA Gallery FA 324)
  • "When Worlds Collide" Ivan Fortushniak (SOTA Gallery FA 322)
  • Student Artwork (1st and 3rd floor hallways)
  • Chalk Drawing - recreating a master work of art (Plaza near Farris Amphitheatre)
  • Screen printing demo - print your own poster! (FA 102)
  • Interactive digital displays
  • "LightStreams" Installation from BLINK (Corbett Theatre stage)
  • Color Wheels made from found objects (Corbett Theatre lobby)
  • Urban Sketchers
Time Activity Location
8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Open House Fine Arts Center
8:30-10:30 a.m. SOTA Majors Fair Greaves Concert Hall (FA 141)
9-11 a.m. String Sprouts rehearsal FA 116
9 a.m.-noon String Project rehearsals FA 117, 118, 126, 278
10 a.m. Campus Tours departs from Student Union
10:30 a.m. Admissions "How to Apply" Corbett Theatre (FA 260)
11 a.m.-noon

SOTA Alumni Panel
"Creativity, Communication and Collaboration: Where an Arts Degree Can Take You"

Laura Bird Knight BFA Printmaking, 2004

Rick Endres BM Performance, 2012

Troy Hitch BA Theatre - Acting & Directing, 1994

Oliver Meinerding BFA Visual Communication Design, 2006

Betsy Williams BME Music Education, 2015

Corbett Theatre (FA 260)
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Photo Booth - bring your friends and phone! FA 408 (near Print Lab)
1-3 p.m. Visual Arts Portfolio Review
Visual Art Students: Would you like to strengthen your portfolio? Thinking about Scholastics or building a better portfolio for entrance into art school? Load your images onto your phone or lap top and have a professional look at them and give you professional feedback and advice.
FA 414
1-3 p.m.

Showcase Concert by the Lake

  • Brass Choir
  • R&B Combo + Dancers
  • Sneak preview of "The French Connection" concert - "La Creation du Monde" by Milhaud
  • Alumnus Justin Glaser performing duets with faculty Jason Vest & Kimberly Lazzeri
  • Dance Troupe performance feat. alumnus Samantha Theders and Dance student Brianna Mullins (EMB collaboration)
  • Broadway Chorus performing selections of Broadway favorites
  • Sneak preview of "Disney's Freaky Friday" - A New Musical
  • Performances of contemporary musical theatre
Loch Norse (outdoors)
7:30 p.m. Chekhov's "Three Sisters" BUY TICKETS Stauss Theatre (FA 101)
7:30 p.m. Kentucky Symphony Orchestra "Jazz Soufflé" BUY TICKETS Greaves Concert Hall (FA 141)