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Fine Arts at Carthage

The arts are thriving at Carthage: In our classrooms, where students are guided toward excellence in studio art, music, theatre, dance, and graphic design.
On our stages
, where internationally renowned playwrights and musicians collaborate with students for performances and world premieres. In our galleries, where established and emerging artists show their work throughout the year. Students, families, and the community are invited to explore our rich academic and artistic offerings.



“No Name” was the New Play Initiative production for the 2013-14 season.

Nationally recognized for excellence in theatre, the Carthage Theatre Department stages six to eight productions every year. The College’s New Play Initiative brings playwrights of prominence from around the world to Kenosha County, where they create and premiere new works.

At left: No Name

Studio Art and Art Exhibits

The H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art

The H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art at Carthage displays work by established and emerging artists. The gallery hosts five exhibitions every year, and opening receptions that offer students and residents the opportunity to meet and talk with the artists.  Admission is free.

Music Concerts and Performances

A brass section of the Carthage orchestra.

The Carthage Music Department offers concerts and recitals nearly every week. Enjoy recitals by Carthage faculty and students, or concerts by such ensembles as the Carthage Choir, the second oldest a cappella touring choir in the United States. The Carthage Chamber Music Series brings some of the world’s finest chamber musicians to Kenosha County every year. The annual Christmas Festival, held the first weekend in December, is a holiday tradition in southeast Wisconsin; more than 5,000 people attend the free Christmas performances annually.


Our facilities include six naturally lit art studios; a state-of-the-art computer graphics and electronic music laboratory; the magnificent Fritsch Memorial Organ in A. F. Siebert Chapel; a flexible recital hall and art gallery; the Wartburg Theatre and Studio Theatre; and music teaching studios, ensemble rooms and practice rooms. A. F. Siebert Chapel is an outstanding concert hall, and Hedberg Library includes modern production, editing, and broadcasting facilities appropriate for digital media.


Carthage faculty possess degrees from distinguished graduate programs, as well as broad professional experience and recognition in the art communities of Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and London. These scholars and artists have assembled at Carthage because they love to teach and work directly with students.

Scholarships for Fine Arts Students

Carthage awards scholarships ranging from $500 to $13,000 per year to admitted students who excel in visual arts, communications and graphic design, music, music theatre, theatre and dance. Scholarships are awarded through competitive audition and/or portfolio review, and recipients are required to participate in the department activities through service and creative work.

If you are a freshman entering in fall 2019, online applications for these scholarships are available on each department’s web page. Join our mailing list to receive more information about Carthage’s competitive scholarships.


Contact Us

For more information about upcoming fine arts events, scholarships, or studying the fine arts at Carthage, please contact the Fine Arts office at 262-551-5859.


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