Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Dr. Joe Kreizinger, Chair of Fine and Performing Arts, has provided examples of how gifts to this department would benefit art, music, and theatre programs.


Gifts allow the department to bring in guest artists. The department tries to bring in at least two guest artists each semester, rotating amongst the studio art areas as well as art historians and educators. Each gives a concept presentation open to the public on opening night and their work is then exhibited for approximately one month in the newly renovated DeLuce Gallery. They typically provide workshops and demonstrations for students as well.

Studio renovations including the fiber arts and printmaking areas are much needed to adapt to changing technologies and create interdisciplinary opportunities.

Field trips to Kansas City art galleries provide excellent exposure to art that students may not otherwise experience. 

Annually, Northwest art sponsors an event called “Bias in America,” a juried art exhibition that gives our students the opportunity to create and submit art, evaluate submitted art, curate an exhibition, organize events connected to the event, and then coordinate and host an exhibition day. Gifts can assist in offsetting the cost of this event. 

Sponsorship of ARTopia, a bi-annual event that brings high school students to campus for a full day of interaction with Northwest art students and faculty, is an outstanding outreach and recruitment activity. 


Gifts allow the music department to bring in guest artists. The department tries to bring in one or two guest artists each semester, typically one with a focus on instrumental music and one with a focus on vocal music. These guest artists perform for the public, and typically perform with Northwest students, provide demonstrations, make classroom visits, etc. They can range from individual performers such as a recital by a pianist to the larger-scale ensemble performance. 

High on the wish list of the low brass program is a new F tuba. This would be especially beneficial given growth in Northwest's low brass area and the lack of an the availability of this instrument currently.

Sponsorship of Northwest’s performances at the Kauffmann Center or other outside venues, which provides exceptional profession-based experiences for our various ensembles, would be appreciated. 

The music program presents joint concerts with regional high schools. Sponsorship of one of these events would provide future music educators with profession-based experiences as well as performance experiences and would also be of great benefit to our colleagues in high schools and their students.


Sponsorship of a Lab Series student-directed play production or mainstage play would benefit area audiences and the Northwest community, and especially our current theatre students through significant profession-based learning experiences. Our mainstage production program is run like a business, providing students profession-based experiences in performance, technical theatre and design, and theatre management.

Theatre Northwest participates in the annual Kennedy Center-American College Theatre Festival which involves representatives of the KC-ACTF attending and responding to our productions, as well as our annual participation in a six-day event in our seven-state region. At these events, students audition and/or apply for full-time professional theatre jobs, summer theatre internships or summer theatre work, or scholarships or acceptances to graduate schools to pursue theatre. 

Theatre Northwest is involved in collaborations with high schools through participation in high school Thespian Festivals in the four-state area. Costs were the primary reason the department attended only one this year (Nebraska) and are planning to scale down participation (i.e. attend every other year). These experiences are attended by some of our education majors, who meet teachers and students from virtually all high school programs in these states.

Bringing in guest artists. The department tries to bring in at least two guest artists each semester, rotating amongst the performance and technical theatre areas as well as more generally applicable topics such as theatrical styles and periods, theatre safety, and movement training.

Every other year the Music and Theatre programs produce a joint musical. Full or partial underwriting of this production would be beneficial, as would consideration of full or partial underwriting for an annual (rather than biannual) musical. Musical theatre is extremely popular now and job opportunities are increasing. There is high student interest in musical theatre and there is now an interest from faculty in both theatre and music programs to explore adding a new annual event of some sort (perhaps a musical revue, perhaps an operatic workshop, perhaps a fully-developed musical, etc.).

Most springs, Theatre Northwest presents a project called Theatre Northwest PlayFest, which gives students and community members the opportunity to direct, perform, and design staged readings of a wide variety of theatrical works. This event focuses on both published plays and new works written by our students. Underwriting of this event would allow us to continue it as an annual event.


Jamie & Gary Hooyman Winner Takes All Challenge
The Academic school or department with the most donors will receive a $1,000 gift from Dr. Jamie Hooyman, Provost of Northwest Missouri State University, and Gary ('20) Hooyman.
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $1,000 Melvin D. & Valorie G. Booth School of Business 24
2 Department of Fine and Performing Arts 21
3 Department of Language, Literature and Writing 12
4 School of Education 10
5 School of Communication & Mass Media 9
First-Time Donors Challenge
When 10 people make their first-ever donation to Northwest, a $250 gift from an anonymous donor will be unlocked in support of the Bearcat Food Pantry.
10 / 10 Donors
Timothy Carlyle Academics Challenge
The first 10 donations to Academics will unlock a $500 gift from Timothy Carlyle ('01), Director of Infrastructure Services at Northwest Missouri State University.
10 / 10 Gifts
Professor Carol Miller Academics Challenge
The first 15 donations of $50 or more to Academics will unlock a $2,300 gift from Professor Carol Miller, proud '79 graduate of Northwest.
15 / 15 Gifts
Angela Moskow Academics Challenge
The first 15 donations to Academics will unlock a $1,000 gift to the Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth School of Business from Angela Moskow, proud Bearcat friend and Northwest Foundation Board Director.
15 / 15 Gifts
Mike & Lori Steiner Academics Challenge
The first $1,000 donated to Academics will unlock a $1,000 donation from Dr. Mike ('85) and Lori ('85) Steiner, proud alumni and employees of Northwest Missouri State University!
$1,000 / $1,000 Raised
Mark Jelavich Theatre Challenge
The first 10 donations to benefit Theatre in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts will unlock a $1,000 gift from Dr. Mark Jelavich, in memory of his wife Janet, in honor of her love for the theatre and in celebration of the Janet (Stuck) Jelavich Theatre Scholarship. Mark, a retired Northwest faculty member, dedicated 31 years of his career as a professor of Economics at Northwest Missouri State University.
10 / 10 Gifts
Power Hour!
Between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. CST, all donations will be matched (up to $750)! During this hour, any donation made will be doubled in support to the fund of your choosing.
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