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See what makes Southeast's River Campus unique

River Campus is home to the Earl and Margie Holland College of Arts and Media a world-class entertainment venue for student and touring performances.  The River Campus is the only campus dedicated solely to art, dance, music and theatre in Missouri. Unlike many universities that house these disciplines in facilities across campus, Southeast provides a unique opportunity for artists of all talents to spend time and work together on a daily basis and in the same space.

The River Campus opened in 2007 and houses the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall, the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Southeast Missouri Regional Museum, the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre and the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall as well as the historic Seminary Building.  In Fall 2014, in order to meet growing demand, the Kenneth & Jeanine Dobbins River Campus Center opened.  In this new residence hall, talented people eat, sleep and work together; whether it’s perfecting an instrumental performance in one of the practice rooms, finishing a masterpiece, or working out in the fitness center, there is never a chance of being bored. As you can see, River Campus is a vibrant community of gifted artists, musicians, actors, performers and dancers. Combine that with international touring groups and guest speakers and you find there are unlimited opportunities for anyone interested in the arts. Join us for a free concert, exhibition, workshop, academies, performing arts production or a summer festival. You can never tell what we will do next

River Campus News

    Southeast Art Faculty Selected as Guest Editor for Cambridge Scholars Publishing Special Series Collection

    Dr. Joni Hand, associate professor of art history at Southeast Missouri State University, has been selected as a guest editor for a book in a new special series collection through Cambridge Scholars Publishing. The premise for the book, “Suffering for Salvation,” was submitted for consideration to Cambridge Scholars by Hand and will focus on the [...]

    Southeast Alumnus, St. Louis Artist to Present ‘Prints as Activism’ in After Hours Series

    Southeast Missouri State University alumnus and artist Zack Petot will discuss his work while raising awareness of violence against the LGBTQ+ community in his March 12 “After Hours: Conversations on Art and Culture” lecture at Southeast’s Catapult Creative House. Petot, a fine artist, educator and curator from St. Louis, Missouri, will present “Prints as Activism.” [...]

    Southeast Expanding River Campus with New Art Complex

    Southeast Missouri State University announces plans to expand its River Campus with a new art complex to house its ceramics, sculpture and painting programs, creating a “gateway to the arts” in downtown Cape Girardeau. Via a public-private partnership, Southeast will expand its River Campus footprint through renovation and expansion of a facility at 340 S. [...]

    Crisp Museum Hosting ‘Acrylic Abstract with Texture’ Make and Take Activity March 6-7

    The Rosemary Berkel Crisp and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus will host an “Acrylic Abstract with Texture” Make and Take Activity as part of Cape Girardeau’s First Friday with the Arts activities March 6 from 4-8 p.m. The event will be repeated on Saturday, March 7, from 1-4 [...]


River Campus
One University Plaza, MS 7895
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701
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