Fine Arts

You can create. You can perform. You can be awe inspiring.

Studios, instruments, stages and showcases all evoke different visions for different art-minded students. But no matter the form, they’re all part of a fine arts education at Friends University that sets the stage for students to foster a more beautiful world.

The location of the campus in a large metropolitan area has allowed Friends University to establish partnerships with museums, galleries, theaters, performing arts centers and more that provide opportunities for students to network, exhibit, perform, and seek internships and employment.


Earning a degree in art at Friends University allows students to study art in a traditional manner or use new technologies in the creation of images.


Steeped in a longstanding tradition of excellence, the Friends University ballet program is among the top programs in the United States.


With this interdisciplinary degree in communications, you can tailor your education to your specific interests and future profession.


Studying music at Friends University prepares you to pursue professional instruction or performance, while establishing a firm intellectual foundation and boundless artistic development.

Music Performance

Studying music at Friends University prepares you to pursue professional instruction or performance, while establishing a firm intellectual foundation and boundless artistic development.


The theater program allows students who share an intense joy for performing and producing plays to share the profound ways that theatre art can raise significant questions or communicate insight about the human condition.




Dr. Mark Bartel

  • Associate Professor of Music; Director of Choral Music
  • Fine Arts
  • B.R.S., Concord College; B.A., University of Winnipeg; M.M., M.S.M, Southern Methodist University; D.M.A., Eastman School of Music-University of Rochester

Dr. Stephen Eaves

  • Professor of Music; Chair of Fine Arts
  • Fine Arts
  • B.M.E., Union University; M.M.E., University of Mississippi; D.M.A., University of South Carolina

Rolaine Hetherington

  • Assistant Professor of Music/Applied Voice
  • Fine Arts
  • B.A., Hendrix College; M.M.Ed., M.M., Louisiana State University

Lisa Hittle

  • Assistant Professor of Music; Director of Jazz Program
  • Fine Arts
  • B.M., Kansas State University; B.M.E., M.M.,Wichita State University

Dr. Jamie Knight

  • Assistant Professor of Piano
  • Fine Arts
  • B.M., Friends University; M.M., D.M.A., Manhattan School of Music

Toni Libhart

  • Assistant Professor of Music and Percussion; Academic Recruitment Coordinator
  • Fine Arts
  • B.M., B.M.E. M.A.E., Wichita State University

Dr. Charles Parker

  • Associate Professor of Drama
  • Fine Arts
  • B.A., Harding College; M.A., Harding Graduate School of Religion; M.A., Memphis State University; Ph.D., Southern Illinois University

Kurt Priebe

  • Assistant Professor of Drama and Media
  • Fine Arts
  • B.A., Sterling College; M.A., Regent University

Dan Racer

  • Assistant Professor of Music
  • Fine Arts
  • B.M.E., Southwestern Oklahoma State University; M.M., Wichita State University

Sharon Rogers

  • Associate Professor of Dance
  • Fine Arts
  • B.F.A., Friends University

Stan Rogers

  • Associate Professor of Dance; Director of Ballet
  • Fine Arts
  • B.F.A., Wichita State University; M.A., Columbia University

Karen Scroggins

  • Assistant Professor Graphics Arts; Director of Visual Arts Program
  • Fine Arts
  • B.F.A., Phillips University; M.S., Newman University

Dr. Paul Smith

  • Assistant Professor of Applied Music/Voice; Director of Opera Workshop
  • Fine Arts
  • B.M., M.M., Roosevelt University; D.M.A., University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign

Dr. John Taylor

  • Professor of Music
  • Fine Arts
  • B.M.E., Bowling Green State University; M.M.E., Indiana University; Ph.D., Ohio State University