Center for the Arts

The award winning building houses the Art, Dance, Theatre, and Intermedia Art Departments and a music classroom creating a lively inter-arts atmosphere. Sunnyside Café is located in the CFA atrium where students can enjoy coffee and cinnamon rolls. The building features:

  • North-facing drawing and painting studios
  • Ceramic studio
  • Design lab
  • Printmaking studio with a relief press, a proof press, and an intaglio press
  • Papermill
  • Darkroom
  • Two woodshops
  • Two exhibition galleries
  • Weaving room equipped with 18 looms
  • Flexible 225 seat theater
  • Spacious scene shop adjacent to the theatre
  • Dressing room
  • Green room with kitchenette
  • Costume shop equipped with 10 domestic and industrial machines and a dye vat
  • Design lab with CAD software and a plotter printer
  • Two sun-filled performance and practice studios

Art Studios

Art majors are expected to work outside of class on independent studio projects in their free time. A studio draw at the beginning of each semester gives every declared art major the opportunity to get a personal studio for this purpose. The Korsrud Annex has 24 individual studio spaces for independent student work. Windows around the perimeter of the building let in lots of natural light throughout the day. There are 8 studio spaces in the Storre sculpture studio for 3D work. The buildings have easels, paint stands, chairs, stools and tables for student use.

Dance Studios

Dance and theatre students have access to two lovely studios to practice, rehearse, create, and perform. Studio I and Studio II house classes, faculty and student projects, individual research sessions, and performances. Handsome maple wood floors, plus huge windows that provide abundant daylight and beautiful views, make these both contemplative and productive places. Both studios have up-to-date audio and visual equipment, and Studio II has capacity for various seating and lighting options, making it a favored spot for performances by students, faculty, and guest artists.


Art majors exhibit their work in the Centennial Union Gallery or the Center for the Arts Gregerson Gallery. Additional galleries in various buildings on campus make art a prominent part of the Luther community by hosting one-person or group exhibitions by artists of regional, national, and international acclaim. Luther's many outdoor sculptures and selections from the Luther College Fine Art Collection are also on display throughout campus. Close proximity to the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah and interaction with the natural landscape of the region also add dimension to the study of art at Luther.

Performance Spaces

The Center for the Arts features two performance spaces.  Jewel Theatre, our mainstage theatre, is a flexible 225-seat performance space. Studio II, our second floor studio, can accommodate a variety of seating options and is equipped with lighting, sound and video capabilities, making it a versatile performance option.

Theatre majors also work in Storre, a more traditional theatre, designated exclusively for student-generated productions.

Theatre Shops

The scenery, costumes, and props for the mainstage productions are made by students and faculty/staff.  The scene shop and costume shop employ many work-study students comprised of majors and non-majors alike. The scene shop is equipped with a 18 ft tall garage door between the shop and the Jewel Theatre, allowing scenery to be constructed in the shop, but easily moved onto stage.  The costume shop is located on the second floor of the building with north facing windows that let in natural light. Costume storage is located off premises in Storre, holding over 1,000 costumes.