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River Campus is home to the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts 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 John and Betty Glenn Convocation Center, 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

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River Campus News

  • River Campus Honored with City’s Beautification Award

    The River Campus at Southeast Missouri State University has been honored with the City of Cape Girardeau’s “Keep Cape Beautiful, Property of the Month” award for October. The award was presented Monday, Oct. 15, at the Cape Girardeau City Council meeting. The “Keep Cape Beautiful, Property of the Month” award is an affiliate of the […]
  • Picasso, Futurism Art Focus of Crisp Museum’s ‘Historic Tuesday Talk’ Oct. 23

    The Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus will host Dr. Joni Hand, associate professor of art history at Southeast, as part of its “Historic Tuesday Talk” series at 7 p.m. Oct. 23. Hand will present “Time, Speed, and Motion: Picasso and Futurism.” This presentation is free […]
  • Crisp Museum Announces Cartooning Workshop, Youth Comic Character Drawing Contest

    The Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum is hosting a “Beginner Cartooning Face and Figure” workshop Oct. 23 and 30 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. A preregistration fee of $10 is due by Oct. 22 for ages nine to adult. Supplies are provided. The workshop is in conjunction with the Crisp Museum’s “Comic Book Art from […]
  • ‘Our Town’ comes to Southeast’s River Campus Oct. 31-Nov. 4

    Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus presents “Our Town” as a part of the 2018-2019 Rhodes 101 Stops and Commerce Bank Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance Series at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31-Nov. 3 and 2 p.m. Nov. 3 and 4 in the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre. Thornton Wilder’s 1938 play is […]


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