Call for Student Entries Visions Juried Show

Visions Exhibition Call For Entries

Entries by means of digital images via the KSU Visions website:

Contact Shane McDonald in the Visual Arts Resource Center for assistance with professional photography.

All students enrolled at least one semester at Kennesaw State University in academic year 2015-­2016

All entries must be original works completed within the past two years and not exhibited in previous Visions Juried Exhibitions.

December 18, 2015

11am-­4pm, Tuesday, January 12th
11am‐4pm, Wednesday, January 13th
Fine Arts Gallery, Wilson Building

11am-­4pm, Thursday, February 19
11am-­4pm, Friday, February 20th

Non-­Visions Members:
$10 for the first 3 artworks submitted (includes Visions membership!) Current Visions Members:
$5 for the first 3 artworks submitted.
$5 per each additional entry

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Images from the 2015 32nd Annual Visions Juried Student Exhibition reception.

Capstone Art Exhibition II

Senior Art Exhibition II

Join us for an exhibition of works by graduating seniors of the School of Art and Design 

November 10 - December 6, 2015
Opening Reception Mon., Nov. 16, 5-7 p. m.
Fine Arts Gallery | Wilson Building

Kennesaw State University’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) candidates are required by the School of Art and Design to exhibit their work professionally prior to receiving their degrees. This fall the students’ work are showcased in two separate exhibitions.

Parade: 11/ 19,  7:30 p.m.


The Strand Theatre, Marietta | $5-$20
Directed by Harrison Long.
Music direction by Judy Cole.
Book by Alfred Uhry.
Music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown.
This Tony-award winning musical recounts the sequence of events that culminated in the 1915 lynching of Leo Frank, the Jewish manager of a pencil factory who was accused of murdering Mary Phagan, a 13-year-old employee. Our concert-style staging commemorates the one-hundredth anniversary of these tragic moments in Georgia’s history.  

Co-sponsored by KSU’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Radow Lecture Series, and the Department of Museums, Archives & Rare Books.

A conversation with Alfred Uhry at 3:30 p.m. at the Stillwell Theater on KSU’s Kennesaw Campus and Be our guest for “Parade” at 7:30 p.m. at The Strand Theatre in Marietta.

Buy your tickets early!


#HASHTAG a printmaking exhibition at OTP Gallery


#HASHTAG a printmaking exhibition at OTP Gallery

Printmaking students at Kennesaw State University’s School of Art and Design will be exhibiting their recent pieces just in time for the Holiday shopping season at the OTP Gallery of Marketplace 120. Running November 6-19, 2015 people can view and purchase unique items at the cool antiques, decor accessories and art shop in Marietta.

The exhibition will feature print by students Lindsey King, Paige Dobos, Virginia Moore, Ian Smith, Taylor Evans, Courtney Sanders, Kelly Wilkinson, and Denise Avery. Professor of Printmaking, Valerie Dibble will also have some work on display.

6 - 10 p.m. November 6, 2015
Marketplace 120
562 Wylie Road SE, Suite 24
Marietta, GA 30067

Marketplace 120 is very convenient to I-75 and the Marietta Campus of Kennesaw State University.

The Printmaking Concentration will also be holding an exhibit in the Atrium of the Social Sciences building. It is a collaborative installation with Cannonball Press in conjunction with Homelessness Awareness Week. It will run from November 2 - 4.

Atlanta Symphony at KSU: A Very Merry Holiday Pops - December 18

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at KSU: A Very Merry Holiday Pops

Kennesaw State University School of Music presents
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at KSU: A Very Merry Holiday POPS!
Friday, December 18, 2015 | 8 p.m.
Morgan Hall at the Bailey Performance Center

Click here to purchase tickets (Starting at $23)

Atlanta’s favorite holiday tradition comes to Kennesaw State! This special holiday performance will be led by beloved ASO Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski and will feature a program full of holiday favorites such as We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Winter Wonderland, Deck the Halls, O Holy Night, and many more, plus fun, soon-to-be holiday classics North Pole Funk and Caribbean Sleigh Ride.

Special guest vocalists and performers include Brooklyn-based actress and Broadway performer Capathia Jenkins, 2015-16 ASO artist-in-residence Morris Robinson, and show-stopping featured performer Marcus Terell. Joining the orchestra for the KSU performance of this holiday classic will be choral ensembles from several Cobb County high schools: Hillgrove High School, Kennesaw Mountain High School, Lassiter High School, and Walton High School. And, of course, no holiday celebration would be complete without a very special appearance by Santa Claus!

Click here to purchase tickets (Starting at $23)

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at KSU: A Very Merry Holiday Pops

Senior Capstone Exhibition I

Senior Art Exhibition

The capstone exhibitions showcase artwork of various disciplines and materials representing individual styles and high levels of conceptual abilities. The artwork is produced by students who are completing their Bachelors’ of Fine Arts and Art Education degrees. These students are simultaneously enrolled in one of the upper-level capstone courses focusing on graduate school research as well as topics dealing with professional art, art education and design careers.

Please join us on Monday, Oct. 26th from 5-7 p.m. for the opening reception of the senior Capstone Exhibition I in the Fine Arts Gallery in the Wilson Building. The Capstone Exhibition I, featuring the work of graduating seniors of the School of Art and Design, will be on display from Oct. 26 - Nov. 8.

Theresa Buchanan
Caitlin Chase
Will Darnell
Heather Miller
Carmen Van Ameringen
Kenneth Walters

Also, mark your calendars for the Capstone Exhibition II opening reception on Monday, Nov. 16th from 5-7 p.m. The Capstone Exhibition II, also featuring the work of graduating seniors of the School of Art and Design, will be on display from Nov. 16 - Dec. 6th.

The Scarlet Letter: 10/20-25, 2015


The Scarlet Letter

Stillwell Theater | $5-$20
Tuesday – Saturday  8 p.m.  |  Sunday  2 p.m.

By Nathaniel Hawthorne. Adapted by John Gentile. Directed by John Gentile and Henry Scott.

As relevant today as when it was first written, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s masterpiece is a haunting and romantic tale of Puritan America’s struggles with religion, law, and sexuality.

Buy your tickets early!

Companion Lecture:  “The Scarlet Letter in Context, 1650-2015.”
Sandra Hughes, Ph.D., President-Elect of the
Nathaniel Hawthorne Society.
October 21, 2015 | 3:30 - 4:45 p.m.
Stillwell Theater | Free

The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter: 10/20-25, 2015

The Scarlet Letter

Stillwell Theater | $5-$20
Tuesday – Saturday  8 p.m.  |  Sunday  2 p.m.

By Nathaniel Hawthorne. Adapted by John Gentile. Directed by John Gentile and Henry Scott.

As relevant today as when it was first written, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s masterpiece is a haunting and romantic tale of Puritan America’s struggles with religion, law, and sexuality.

Buy your tickets early!

Companion Lecture:  “The Scarlet Letter in Context, 1650-2015.”
Sandra Hughes, Ph.D., President-Elect of the
Nathaniel Hawthorne Society.
October 21, 2015 | 3:30 - 4:45 p.m.
Stillwell Theater | Free

The Scarlet Letter

“Augmented Reality” Symposium Friday, Oct. 16th, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.


Please join The College of Computing and Software Engineering and the College of the Arts to hear Jeff Chastine discuss “Augmented Reality” on Friday, Oct. 16 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on the Kennesaw Campus, Wilson Building, #103. Hosted by the Department of Computer Game Design and Development, this is the first of three symposiums as part of the Trans-Media Symposia. Mark your calendars for future symposiums: Dec. 4th (Digital Animation) and January 15 (Music Composition for Gaming). The School of Music will also host a special “GAME ON!” concert on Jan. 15th at 8 p.m. featuring video game music. Click here for more information about the concert.


Graphic Design Club in NYC

The Graphic Design Club at Kennesaw State University

The KSU Graphic Design Club traveled to New York City this past September 26-30, 2015 to attend the following events:

The student-organized club hand-selected students who would go on the trip by requesting applications which were composed of artworks and essays.


Students attend the various Graphic Design events in New York City.

KSU Opera Theater Presents an Opera Double Feature “Night of Miracles”

Opera Double Feature Night of Miracles

KSU Opera Theater presents 
Opera Double Feature: A Night of Miracles


with the KSU Symphony Orchestra

NOVEMBER 13-14, 2015 |  8PM
Morgan Hall, Bailey Performance Center  |  470-578-6650  |  $10-15

Purchase tickets for Friday, November 13
Purchase tickets for Saturday, November 14

Puccini’s timeless drama, Sister Angelica, finds its tragic heroine seven years after being sent to a convent as punishment for giving birth to a son out of wedlock. Although absorbed in everyday convent life, Sister Angelica’s deepest desire is to hear word of her son who she’s been separated from by her wealthy, noble family. Suddenly, a visitor from her past arrives at the convent with unexpected news and dire consequences that lead Sister Angelica down a turbulent path. The beauty found in this glorious operatic drama, including its miraculous conclusion, is highlighted by the skillfully woven colors of the orchestra and the incredible voices of an all-female cast. 

The Three Hermits, by Grammy-Winning 21st Century American composer Stephen Paulus, is an uplifting opera based on a parable of the same name by Leo Tolstoy. As a Russian Orthodox bishop and his pilgrims travel aboard a ship, they encounter three childlike and innocent hermits living on a remote island. After attempting to formalize the hermits’ prayers to God, the bishop is humbled to witness the old men unknowingly perform a great miracle. With its splendid voices and rich orchestral texture, this rare operatic work expresses the profound divine mystery and magnificent redemption of the human spirit through heavenly revelation. 

About KSU Opera Theater
The Opera Theater program at Kennesaw State University is an integral part of the vocal training for voice students in the School of Music. Offered as a class each semester, Opera Theater is open to any KSU student, by audition, who is interested in opera performance. Each semester, KSU Opera Theater presents either a production of a full-length opera or an end-of-the-semester opera gala concert featuring performances of scenes selected from various works. The class prepares students to perform repertoire in a wide variety of styles with additional focus on stage movement, acting, and interacting. Spring 2014’s opera gala, Cupid: Friend or Foe?, highlighted scenes of love and heartbreak from the Baroque and the French Romantic styles. A Surge of Power, Spring 2015’s opera gala, offered music from Monetverdi’s Coronation of Poppea, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Rossini’s The Count Ory, Bizet’s Carmen and Wagner’s Die Valkyre.  Other recent productions include Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Nicolai’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love. In November 2014, KSU Opera Theater made its first foray into 21st Century repertoire by presenting Thomas Pasatieri’s comic opera The Hotel Casablanca.

Opera Double Feature Night of Miracles

Third Annual Coming Out Monologues Project Oct. 8-9, 8 p.m., Onyx Theatre


Directed by Jessica Duvall and Karen Robinson. Co-produced with GLBTIQ Student Retention Services. Funny, inspiring, and celebratory, this event features coming-out stories from Kennesaw State University and metro-area communities, and is performed by Kennesaw State students. Stay after each performance for dessert and dialogue, sponsored by Fifth Third Bank.

UR Radnocular: Oct. 9th, 12:30 p.m., WB 119


What, you may wonder, is UR RADNOCULAR? Here’s the translation: UR (for Undergraduate Research or text abbreviation for you are) RADNOCULAR, or the state of being extremely cool to an almost supernatural level. RADNOCULAR may also mean something unbelievably fantastic until seen, or almost impossible yet awesome.

Mark your calendars for the next event featuring the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies in WB119 on Friday, Oct. 9th at 12:30 p.m. Bring your lunch; drinks and dessert will be provided.

COTA U.R. Radnocular from Kennesaw State on Vimeo

KSU’s Own Featured as Soloists for Atlanta Symphony Performance on October 9

School of Music’s Own Featured as Soloists for Atlanta Symphony Performance at KSU

Kennesaw State University School of Music presents
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Donald Runnicles, conductor; Christina Smith, flute; Elisabeth Remy Johnson, harp
Friday, October 9, 2015 | 8 p.m.
Morgan Hall at the Bailey Performance Center

Click here to purchase tickets ($23-55)

The Atlanta Symphony returns to Morgan Hall for the first of four performances during the 2015-16 season. Beloved ASO Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles leads the orchestra for this special program opening with Debussy’s Prelude to Afternoon of a Faun followed by Schubert’s Six German Dances. The program continues with Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto featuring ASO soloists, and KSU School of Music faculty members, Christina Smith, Principal Flute, and Principal Harpist Elisabeth Remy Johnson. The program closes with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 filled with delightfully unexpected twists and turns.

Debussy: Prelude to Afternoon of a Faun
Schubert/Webern: Six German Dances
Mozart: Concerto for Flute and Harp
Beethoven: Symphony No. 8

School of Music’s Own Featured as Soloists for Atlanta Symphony Performance at KSU

10: Celebrating Ten Years of Dance at Kennesaw State


Join us in the Stillwell Theater at 8 p.m., November 11-14, 2015, for our production celebrating ten years of dance at Kennesaw State University. Click here for tickets. 


Welcome New Dance Faculty


Welcome New Dance Faculty

View the 2015-2016 College of the Arts Season Brochure

Click to view 2015-2016 College of the Arts Season Brochure

The College of the Arts at Kennesaw State University is proud to present over 200 concerts, performances, and other special events during our 2015-2016 season, including exciting and innovative theater, music, dance, and visual arts events held on campus at the KSU Arts District.

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2015-2016 College of the Arts Season Brochure

KSU well-represented at MCMA Professor of sculpture and small...

KSU well-represented at MCMA

Professor of sculpture and small metals, Deborah Hutchinson, was among many other Kennesaw State University artists whose artwork was chosen for display in the recent Juried Exhibition, Metro Montage XV, at the Marietta-Cobb Museum of Art. See more at

Deborah Hutchinson Hveragerdi Revelations

Spring Awakening replaces Little Shop of Horrors in the spring season


Caught between their sexual urges and society’s contradictory teachings, Spring Awakening is an alluringly melancholy story of self-discovery and coming of age anxiety as seen through the eyes of young teenagers. Set in repressive 19th century Germany, young students attempt to reckon with the thrilling, complicated and confusing time of their sexual awakening.

This haunting and provocative rock-musical is a powerful celebration of youth and rebellion in this daring fusion of morality, sexuality and rock & roll. Music by Duncan Sheik. Book and lyrics by Steven Sater. Based on the play by Frank Wedekind. Directed by Rick Lombardo.

Winner of 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

-The New York Post

“HAUNTING AND ELECTRIFYING! This brave new musical has a shivery, sensual allure unmatched by anything in the theater right now.”
-The New York Times

Join us in the Stillwell Theater on March 9-13 and March 16-20, 2016. Tickets are $5-20 and the program begins Wed. – Sat. at 8 p.m. and Sun. at 2 p.m.

PLEASE ADVISE: Spring Awakening is a powerful coming of age story with mature themes: sexual situations, partial nudity and strong language.


Dance, Dance, Dance! KSU Magazine story on Dance


Dance, Dance, Dance!

By Robert S. Godlewski

In just 10 years, dance at Kennesaw State’s has made a move into the limelight – from a fledgling program with just a few students into one of the most popular training grounds in the state. From the beginning, founding director Ivan Pulinkala saw the potential popularity of dance as growing beyond a minor course of study.

“We had hoped to be able to find 15 minors in the first year‚” Pulinkala said at the time. “By mid−September‚ we already had 44.” By December of that year, the program had already broadened its reach to the international stage. Several dancers flew to Shanghai for a special performance of “The Monkey King,” which Pulinkala choreographed, based on a well-known Chinese story written during the Ming Dynasty.

Today, Pulinkala serves as chair of the Department of Dance, which offers a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and comprises the largest collegiate program in the state with more than 100 students majoring in dance.

That growth caused the need for expanded facilities, and in 2010 the department moved into new state-of the-art space at Chastain Pointe across from the main campus. A recent expansion has resulted in three studios, two of which are larger than any other dance studio in metro Atlanta.

Examples of the program’s status as an influential player in the Georgia dance scene have come among the many groundbreaking performances emerging from the Kennesaw State stage.

This past fall, the department mounted an ambitious dance performance featuring the works of several professors as well as Israeli guest choreographer and dancer Ido Tadmor, the artistic director of the Israeli Ballet. Almost 50 members of the KSU Dance Company, supported by a behind-the-scenes complement of more than a dozen technicians and crew, danced five works at the Howard Logan Stillwell Theater to near sell-out crowds for all six shows. Pyromania, a work created by Pulinkala, used special effects to realistically simulate fire on stage, even depicting the lead character on fire. “I was inspired by research on the psychology of a pyromaniac,” Pulinkala said of the experimental piece. “The choreography uses the subject matter metaphorically to investigate conditions of obsession, addiction and destructiveness that are part of every human experience.”

Will VanMeter, a first-year student, danced the title role and was a crowd favorite, judging by the applause he received. “I am studying to become a professional dancer in a contemporary ballet company,” VanMeter said. “I have found the artistry and passion here that are helping me to become a professional dancer.” Another standout work, Tadmor’s Black Morning, commissioned in partnership with the Consulate of Israel in Atlanta, presented a psychological study of grief but also of the triumph of the human soul in overcoming loss.

A decade ago, works such as these may not have found a home on the Kennesaw State stage. Edgy performances, combined with a growing reputation for excellence in teaching, has helped attract professional dancers and choreographers like Assistant Professor Daniel Gwirtzman to the faculty. The founder of the New York-based Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, he moved to Kennesaw in fall 2014 to be a part of the nation’s fastest growing dance program.

For his explosive/abstract piece “Volcano,” the choreographer selected senior dancer Alexandra Mjoll Gudbergsdottir, to be in the company. A native of Iceland, the dance major is well regarded among her fellow KSU Dance Company artists.

“Modern dance is absolutely my favorite because it is never the same,” said Gudbergsdottir, who plans to open a dance studio/school in Iceland. “The freedom and variety gives you the space to constantly grow as a dancer, and that is the true beauty of dance.”

The department trains performers, teachers and choreographers in its three concentrations of ballet, modern/contemporary and jazz, which are taught by regionally and nationally accomplished faculty and guest artists.

Dance students gain experience in all aspects of performance and production, including scenic, lighting and costume design, and execution. They also benefit from partnerships with Atlanta Ballet, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Dance Canvas, gloATL and the Rialto Center for the Arts.

While only a few will become professional dancers, many will become accomplished teachers and all will gain an enduring appreciation for what it takes to dance.

Pyromania rehearsal

Ivan Pulinkala

Patricia Poulter