College of the Arts: College History

History of the Arts at Kennesaw State University


1966
Kennesaw Junior College opens its doors; programs include music and art.

1972
Permanent Collection of Art started.

1977
KJC becomes Kennesaw College.

1980
Kennesaw College awards first four-year degrees—Music major Marty Barrett Ansorge is the first graduate.
Music Building opens.

1983
School of Arts and Behavioral Sciences created.
Department of Music created.

1985
Accreditation received from the National Association of Schools of Music.
Department of Music renamed Department of Music and Performing Arts.

1986
Department of Visual Arts created.

1988
Kennesaw College renamed Kennesaw State College.

1989
Joe Mack Wilson Building opens.
Howard Logan Stillwell Theater opens.
Fine Arts Gallery opens.

1996
KSC becomes Kennesaw State University.
Department of Music and Performing Arts split into Department of Music and Department of Theater.

1998
School of the Arts created.

2001
Accreditation received from the National Association of Schools of Theatre.

2002
Visual Arts Building opens
First Annual Benefit Gala presented--In six years, this event raised more than $1 million for scholarships.

2004
Department of Theater becomes Department of Theatre and Performance Studies.

2005
School of the Arts becomes College of the Arts.

2006
Accreditation received from National Association of Schools of Art and Design

2007
Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center opens.
The Don Russell Clayton Gallery and Anna Henriequez Atrium opens in the Bailey Center.

2008
Dance major created.
Department of Music becomes the School of Music.
KSU designated an “All-Steinway School.”

2009
Wilson Building Annex opens.
First graduate program—MAT in Art—launched.

2010
Department of Theatre and Performance Studies becomes Department of Theatre, Performance Studies and Dance.

2011
Art history major created.
Dance Studios opened at Chastain Pointe.

2012
Black Box Theater named Onyx Theater.
Department of Dance and Department of Theatre and Performance Studies are separated.
Department of Visual Arts becomes School of Art and Design.

2013
Dr. Patty Poulter becomes the second dean of the College of the Arts, following Joe Meeks's retirement.

 

2014

The Zuckerman Museum of Art, part of the Department of Museums, Archives & Rare Books, opens.
The Malinda Jolley Mortin Gallery opens with a generous endowment gift.