The Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition is held each semester as the capstone project for students in that program. Students must develop cohesive concepts through in-depth research with the show as a formal presentation of the results of their intense study into art forms.
The Exhibition of the Academic Review is an annual art show held early in the spring semester that highlights the talent of sophomore art majors. It is required of every student wishing to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at USAO.
The Nesbitt Gallery is located on the first floor of Davis Hall and hosts frequent exhibitions by leading contemporary artists, students completing their BFA degree, as well as the university's permanent collection.
Concert Choir is a choral ensemble made up of students representing more than a dozen majors throughout the university. It regularly collaborates with local public school and university choirs and also performs for local community and campus events.
Concert Band is the principle instrumental ensemble at USAO and performs music ranging from classical to contemporary. Open to music majors, minors and the general student population, enrollment requires previous instrumental experience and a seated audition.
Theatre Arts Department productions are held each fall and spring and are always connected to interdisciplinary learning. Students work in a broad range of theatrical forms and styles, develop acting skills in extended rehearsals, as well as handling behind-the-scenes aspects of stagecraft.
Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series
The mission of the Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series is to encourage attendance at high-quality performing arts events as an aspect of a liberal arts education for our students, to provide an affordable entertainment resource for our college family and our community, and to become a leader in local arts education by presenting relevant and culturally diverse programming that reflects and broadens the aesthetic of our audiences.
USAO's campus is a host to various talented and inspiring speakers throughout the year.
On the first Thursday of April each year, the university holds its largest annual event. The Spring Triad is comprised of the Montmartre Festival, USAO Scholastic Meet and Droverstock Music Festival. Students from regional high schools compete in a wide variety of subjects in the scholastic meet, with awards given to the highest scorers at individual and school levels. Droverstock brings in bands from around the country and from many different genres to supply the soundtrack for the day’s events.