Arts Always in the Spotlight

School of the Arts Fosters Cultural Experience

music ensemble students

Students and faculty are deeply involved in the arts—on stage, in concerts, in the galleries, and behind the scenes.

  • Chico's Jazz X-Press played at the Telluride Jazz Festival in 2008 and 2010. It was the only college band invited.
  • The documentary film El Clásico: More Than a Game, produced entirely by Chico State students, was accepted into the 2012 Barcelona Sports Film Festival.
  • The $2,000 Kruschke Piano Prize is one of the largest piano performance prizes in California.
  • The North State Symphony, a professional orchestra, includes top student musicians and plays in three North State cities.
  • Over $100,000 a year in prizes, scholarships, and performance awards are given to students in theatre, music, and art.
  • Three Chico State music industry students helped organized the 2014 Grammys on the Hill Awards in Washington, D.C. The following day, they visited U.S. House of Representatives’ offices with artists and members of the Recording Academy advocacy group.
  • A new 93,000-square-foot Arts and Humanities Building will be completed in 2016. It will offer 61,000 square feet of space for classrooms, offices, labs, studios, and galleries, a 200-seat recital hall, and a 1,500-square-foot recording arts studio.
  • Five campus art galleries feature visiting artists, faculty, and students: The Turner, The University Gallery, The MFA Gallery, The Humanities Center Gallery, and the BFA Gallery.

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