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Take Your Seat

The Campaign for USD’s College of Fine Arts

Get ready to "Take Your Seat" in the refurbished Colton Recital Hall or Wayne S. Knutson Theatre.

From concerts, theatrical performances and art gallery exhibits, the fine arts are one of the foremost ways that the University of South Dakota connects with the community. The Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts was constructed and specifically designed to serve the unique needs of the Departments of Art, Music and Theatre. Its facilities are impressive, from the 3,500 square foot sculpture studio with industrial caliber woodworking and metalworking equipment to the 450-seat Wayne S. Knutson Theatre. As the college celebrates 90 years serving as a cultural hub for the state and region, the university will begin a $3.1 million renovation of the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre and Colton Recital Hall to elevate the college’s most public spaces to match the caliber of the arts showcased within. This renovation includes an update to audience seating and has inspired the “Take Your Seat” campaign to support the College of Fine Arts.

Show your support for the USD College of Fine Arts by sponsoring a seat in the Colton Recital Hall or Wayne S. Knutson Theatre. Your sponsorship makes it possible for the College of Fine Arts to continue to offer students a rich liberal arts education that will prepare them for a successful future after graduation.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is required to sponsor a seat?

Seat sponsorships are available in both the Colton Recital Hall and Wayne S. Knutson Theatre. A gift of $500 or more will be recognized with an engraved plaque on the seat.

Will the seat I sponsor become my seat for shows?

No. Seating for university performances are on a first-come, first-served basis, and your sponsorship does not guarantee that you can sit in your seat when attending a show.

I’m in! What’s next?

You can purchase your seat today and our staff will contact you later regarding your recognition plaque. Guidelines for the recognition plaque will be set by the University of South Dakota Naming Committee. All inscriptions will be required to adhere to the guidelines outlined by the committee.

Is my gift tax-deductible?

The University of South Dakota Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. Gifts in support of the university’s mission, goals and programs are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Please consult with your tax attorney or financial advisor to determine if your gift is tax-deductible.

Other Questions?

Contact Weston Olson, director of development for the College of Fine Arts, at weston.olson@usdfoundation.org or (605) 670-0839.