USD announces new dean for the College of Fine Arts Professor Daniel Guyette, formerly chair of the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at the University of Northern Colorado and producer and resident scenic designer for the Little Theatre of the Rockies, has been appointed the new dean of the College of Fine Arts at The University of South Dakota. Guyette will start on July 12, replacing John A. Day, who has served as dean of the College of Fine Arts since 1980.
"With the only College of Fine Arts in the state, the University has long played a vital role, not only in preparing students for careers in the fine arts, but also in promoting the fine arts in the state," said Donald Dahlin, vice president for academic affairs at USD. "With Dan Guyette's strong background in theatre and with his wonderful leadership skills, we are confident that the role of the college in preparing students and enhancing the arts will only grow stronger in the years ahead."
Guyette received a BS from Northwestern University, and an MFA from Pennsylvania State University. He taught at Guilford College and later at Utah State University, where he was honored as "Artist of the Year," before his appointment at UNC as head of the design program in 1993.
He has worked on over 130 productions around the country with such companies as: Walden Family Playhouse, The Utah Shakespearean Festival, Pennsylvania Centre Stage, Monterey Peninsula Theatre, Allegheny Highlands Regional Theatre, The Old Lyric Repertory Company, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Curious Theatre Company, Paragon Theatre Company, Light Opera Works of Chicago, Canyon Concert Ballet, Rocky Mountain Performing Arts Academy, Marriott Lincolnshire, Colorado State University and Northwestern University.
Guyette was the scenic and properties designer for a children's video, Chatter goes to Space Camp done for Group Publishing and is the resident scenic designer for the Curious Theatre Company at the Acoma Center in Denver, where he won an "Ovation" award for best scenic design in Denver for his work on Cloud Tectonics, in 2002.
Day has transitioned to a full time faculty appointment teaching art history and sculpture. In addition, he will continue to serve as director of the University Art Galleries and pursue the goal of developing it into a museum featuring a South Dakota art collection, and an expanded collection of the art of Oscar Howe and other Northern Plains Indian Fine Artists.
Day also plans to make and exhibit sculpture and complete a monograph on the art of Oscar Howe.