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Message from the Dean


Joseph Scartelli, Dean

It is my genuine pleasure to welcome and invite you to the College of Visual and Performing Arts website. As you navigate through our pages, you will find an impressive array of artistic offerings and possibilities that exist within the five academic departments containing the disciplines of visual art, dance, interior design, fashion, music, and theatre. Students majoring in any of these areas are immersed in their respective art from the beginning of freshman year until graduation, closely learning from and collaborating with outstanding faculty who ‘do’ what they ‘teach’ as consummate, accomplished professionals. Those who attend the many programs and events produced within the CVPA can delight in the hundreds of exhibits, presentations, and performances open to the campus and the community throughout the entire year. 

As you continue to read through our website, I am confident that you will come to understand our commitment to the arts and to our students. I am most proud of our community of artists, designers, musicians, teachers, actors, and choreographers who possess extraordinary abilities to promote a climate rich in creativity and artistic quality. If you are a prospective student, we welcome your questions and invite you to contact or visit us. If you are a patron of our presentations and programs, I look forward to seeing you throughout the year and enjoying with you the truly outstanding and impressive work of our students, faculty, and guest artists.

Yours in creativity!

Dr. Joe Scartelli, Dean
College of Visual and Performing Arts

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