Somsen Venues

Somsen Auditorium is the University's oldest and largest performance and lecture space, and features an adaptable proscenium stage and promenade balcony. 

AUDITORIUM
Capacity: 896

Somsen Auditorium is the University's oldest and largest performance and lecture space, and features an adaptable proscenium stage and promenade balcony.  It is used for a wide variety of activities, including presentations, receptions, special performances, visiting lecturers, guest artists, and serves as the primary location for the university’s Lyceum Speaker Series and the annual Frozen River Film Festival.

 

 JOHN MARTIN SOCHA MURAL

John Martin Socha was a Works Progress Administration-supported Minnesota artist and teacher during the Depression of the 1930’s. One of Winona’s most significant pieces of public art is tucked away in the Somsen Hall entryway. It is Socha’s artistic depiction of Winona pioneer life and covers three walls. One wall depicts the legend of the Sioux princess Wenonah. Another wall depicts early settlers taming the wilderness and forming a new community. A third wall shows the frontiersmen and Indians coming together in peace.

The section of the John Martin Socha mural over the Somsen doors features the fronteirsmen and Indians coming together in peace.    This wall of John Martin Socha’s mural features early settlers taming the wilderness of the Winona area, creating a community. 

JIM BRANDENBURG PHOTOS

Minnesota photographer Jim Brandenburg is internationally known for his nature and wildlife photography.  This collection features images shot in Minnesota, including the iconic “Brother Wolf.  Located on the 2nd floor, it was dedicated in 2010, and made possible through a generous gift by Dr. Ervin Bublitz, retired WSU faculty member.

: The Jim Brandenburg photos on 2nd floor Somsen features images shot in Minnesota.    The iconic Brother Wolf, showing a wolf peeking from behind a tree, is one of the iconic images of the Brandenburg collection.