Renown Artist Couple Comes to KSU

Dominique Goblet - Graphic Novel Illustrations

The School of Art and Design’s Visiting Artist program brings European-renown artist couple Dominique Goblet and Guy Marc Hinant to campus April 18-23, 2016

Dominique Goblet and Guy Marc Hinant are an impressive couple who play a significant role in Brussels, Belgium’s artistic community.Dominique Goblet is a visual artist, illustrator and a pioneer of the European graphic novel.Guy-Marc Hinant is a Belgian poet, writer, publisher, music producer and cinematographer. In the late 1980s Hinant, together with Frédéric Walheer,founded the Belgian record label Sub Rosa that specializes in avant-garde, electronic music.

Dominique Goblet

graphic novel illustrations by Dominique Goblet from Souvenir d'une Journée Parfaite

In 2006, Geo Sipp, the Director of the School of Art and Design, visited the Lambiek bookstore and gallery in Amsterdam and found a graphic novel that appealed to his visual aesthetic and his appreciation of narrative. That book is titled Souvenir d’une Journeé Parfaite (translation: Memories of a Perfect Day), and it introduced him to the work of Brussels-based artist Dominique Goblet. He’s since acquired every book by Ms. Goblet (pronounced Go-BLAY), and established a friendship with her over Facebook. That friendship led to an invitation to Kennesaw State University, which she accepted. She will be on campus April 18th – 23rd, working with and lecturing to students.

graphic novel illustrations by Dominique Goblet from Souvenir d'une Journée Parfaite

“I couldn’t get the work out of my mind,” Mr. Sipp says. “There was something about the drawings that absolutely struck me.” Her interest is in the multi-faceted and fragmented nature of narratives, which she develops in illustrated books and magazines; she publishes work that documents her life, tells fictional stories or a combination of the two. She is a member of the group Les Bandes Dessinées whose work in the field of graphic novels is widely lauded in Europe and Asia. Fremok and L’Association have published her narratives and she has published four graphic novels, the most recent of which, Les Hommes – Loups (translation: The Wolfmen) was released in April 2010. Faire Semblant C’est Mentir (translation: Pretending is Lying), published in 2007, was praised as the best graphic novel of the year. Most recently, she collaborated with Berlin – based artist Kai Pfeiffer on a book entitled Plus si Entente (translation: More if Agreed), released in 2014. She has lectured and exhibited her work in Saint Petersburg, Russia, University College Falmouth, Paris, Brussels and Cambridge University in England. While being very well known in Europe, Dominique is not familiar to American audiences.

Graphic novels in Europe and Canada are often referred to as comic books, but they’re not of the superhero genre.

Two of Ms. Goblet’s books were each 10 years in the making.  One titled “Chronographie” was started when her daughter was 7. Once a week for 10 years, they made portraits of each other. It was a study of the motherly instinct. From age 7 to 17, the reader watches the skills of daughter, Nikita Fossoul, grow. At the same time, the reader watches the progression of her physical growth through the portraits drawn/painted by her mother. Eventually the styles merge and it becomes difficult to discern who created which portrait.

Bart Beaty, an author, comics scholar and Professor of English at the University of Calgary, reviewed Ms. Goblet’s 2009 book “Faire Semblant c’est Mentir,” which loosely translated means “to make believe is to lie.” In his review, he said, “It’s tough to imagine that there will be a smarter or more interesting comic released. And it is inconceivable to me that we will see one that offers a greater challenge to our expectations about the medium and what it can accomplish.”

Dominique describes herself as a cross between a fine artist and a comic artist, and pulls the two together through a love of narration. “I always want to tell the stories,” she said, “Even in one single drawing, I must tell something.”

Guy Marc Hinant

Guy Marc Hinant, a musician and a documentary filmmaker engages in telling stories. Through the Sub Rosa record label based in Brussels. The label was established at the end of the ‘80s, and expanded its catalogue in the mid-‘90s through the release of electronic music. Directed by Guy Marc Hinant and Frédéric Walheer, the label has released over 250 titles. Since 2001, the label has been releasing Hinant’s Anthology of Noise and Electronic Music series.

Sub Rosa releases archival material related to twentieth-century avant-garde figures, such as Marcel Duchamp, William s. Burroughs, James Joyce and Kurt Schwitters. They have published musical material from a number of important electronic composers, including Nam June Paik, Francisco López and Luc Ferrari, as well as traditional music from around the world. Among the traditional music are works are an anthology of Intuit recordings and Tibetan and Bhutanese recordings.

His and Dominique Lohlé’s documentary Whisky Time: A Portrait of Charlemagne Palestine, captures a series of conversations between the musician and performance artist and the filmmakers on various days at 5:30 PM, the exact time Palestine pours himself a glass of whiskey every day. Birobidzhan, co-produced with Flanders through production company Riche, Riche & Riche, is about a Russian independent state, on the border with China, dreamt up by Stalin in 1934, where communist Jews from all over the world could build themselves a new home. It is considered the original Jewish state.

The School of Art and Design’s Brussels Connection

The Kennesaw State University School of Art and Design is developing an articulation agreement with the L’École Superieure des Arts, St. Luc Bruxelles, particularly because of its excellence in Illustration, Sequential Art and Animation. These programs directly correlate with Art and Design’s new programs in these disciplines; student and faculty exchanges will begin soon. Dominique Goblet and Guy Marc Hinant are ambassadors to Brussels’ thriving arts community both through their pedagogy and their practice. They will be Visiting Artists at Kennesaw State University from April 18th – 23rd and will participate in the university’s Spring Arts Festival.

Atlanta Symphony Returns to KSU for an Evening of Russian Masterpieces

Atlanta Symphony Returns to KSU for Evening of Russian Masterpieces

Kennesaw State University School of Music presents
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Cristian Macelaru, conductor; Karen Gomyo, violin
Friday, February 19, 2016 | 8 p.m.
Morgan Hall at the Bailey Performance Center

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The Atlanta Symphony returns to Morgan Hall for the third of four performances during the 2015-16 season. Conductor Cristian Macelaru leads the ASO in an evening of works from Russian composers beginning with Stravinsky’s masterpiece Petrushka, the tale of a puppet who, after being murdered by his rival, returns to haunt his master. Violinist Karen Gomyo performs Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, one of the most beautiful, thrilling, and beloved works in the repertoire. The program concludes with Sergei Lyapounov’s kaleidoscopic transcription for full orchestra of Balakirev’s Islamey.

Igor Stravinsky: Petrushka (1947 version)
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Major, Opus 35 (1878)
Mily Balakirev: Islamey, Opus 18 (1862) (orch. Sergi Lyapunov)

Atlanta Symphony Returns to KSU for Evening of Russian Masterpieces

School of Music’s 10th Annual Collage Scholarship Concert

10th Annual Collage Scholarship Concert

Kennesaw State University School of Music presents
10th Annual Collage Concert
Saturday, February 6, 2016 | 5 & 8 PM
Morgan Hall at the Bailey Performance Center

Click here to purchase tickets for the 5 p.m. performance (Starting at $23)
Click here to purchase tickets for the 8 p.m. performance (Starting at $23)

An exciting highlight each season, the School of Music is proud to present the 10th Annual Collage Concert. Collage, a major fundraising event for supporting scholarships for music students, is the signature production of the School of Music featuring soloists, chamber groups, and ensembles totaling over 200 student and faculty performers. This special production features a rapid-fire program of diverse works presented as flowing vignette performances with unique lighting and stage design that combine to create a truly memorable and unique experience. Two performances will be held, at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., on Saturday, February 6, 2016. The 8 p.m. performance will be streamed live online at

VIP tickets are also available which include premium seating for either performance and a special reception held in the Zuckerman Museum of Art at 6:30 p.m. between the two performances. To purchase VIP tickets, click the ticketing link above and select “CONCERT/VIP RECEPTION” as your ticket type when choosing your seats.

The School of Music would like to thank each of our 2016 Collage sponsors for their generous contributions to supporting scholarships for School of Music students!

Premier Level Sponsors
John and Linda Cooke
In memory of Suse Ann White Gresh
Dorothy G. Keith
Ellis and Betty J. Malone
Judith and Bahnson Stanley
Susan N. and Horace White

Benefactor Level Sponsors
Joseph D. Meeks and Timothy J. Ste. Marie
Steinway Piano Galleries

Patron Level Sponsors
John and Carol Horney
D. Russell Clayton
Martha Dinos
GreyStone Power Corporation
Kennesaw State University Community & Alumni Choir (KSUCAC)
Richard and Diann Labroff
LGE Community Credit Union
Judy Miller and Wayne Stradley
Dawn and Randall Romig

The School of Music would also like to thank the members of the School of Music Board for their incredible dedication and support.

2015-16 School of Music Board
Pat Chilton
John Cooke
Thomas Guffin
Dorothy G. Keith
Diann Labroff
Richard Labroff
Susan N. White
Bob Wise

10th Annual Collage Scholarship Concert

“In The Blood” Feb. 2-7, 2016, 8 p.m., Onyx Theater

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This play by Pulitzer prize-winner Suzan-Lori Parks, directed by Karen Robinson, offers a startling contemporary response to “The Scarlet Letter” in this darkly comic and heartrending portrait of a homeless mother striving to raise her five children on the streets. Tickets are $5 to $12 and are available online here or by calling the Box Office at 470-578-6650. Warning: Adult themes and language. Intended for mature audiences only.

Visions KSU Student Art Society’s 33rd Annual Juried Exhibition: Jan. 20 - Feb. 17, 2016

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For 33 consecutive years, KSU’s Visions Student Art Society has hosted an Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition. In partnership with the Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art, this much-loved tradition celebrates a spirited competition among KSU’s student artists by providing a chance to showcase their talents in one highly visible event. Don’t miss the FREE OPENING RECEPTION on Wednesday, January 20, from 5-7 p.m. The Exhibition, featuring juror Susan Bridges, Founder and Director of Whitespace Gallery in Atlanta, will be held in the Fine Arts Gallery, Joe Mack Wilson Building, on the Kennesaw campus.


Transmedia Symposia on Music Composition for Gaming: Jan. 15th, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. FREE!


Please join us for a fascinating look into Music Composition for Gaming on January 15th from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in room 103, Wilson Building, on the Kennesaw campus. This free symposia, brought to you by the College of Computing and Software Engineering and the College of the Arts, is hosted by the School of Music. Presenters include Steve Dancz, Chris Rickwood, and Steve Melin. We hope to see you there!


New Works and Ideas: Feb. 20 to Feb. 26

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7th Annual 10-Minute PlayFest: New Math, Stillwell Theater, February 20, 2016, 8 p.m., $5. Coordinated by Margaret Baldwin, this evening of new 10-minute plays is inspired by the work of contemporary American playwright Suzan-Lori Parks. The plays are written by KSU students and directed by KSU students, faculty, and alumni. Tickets available at the door.

Branches Etched Across the Sky: Onyx Theatre, February 22-23, 2016, 8 p.m., $5. Written by award-winning playwright Addae Moon and directed by Angela M. Farr Schiller, this is a poetic, coming-of-age drama about a young African-American man and his siblings as they wrestle with the realities of adulthood while coping with a tragic loss. A staged reading. Click here for tickets.

The Followers: Onyx Theater, February 24-25, 2016, 8 p.m., $5. Adapted by Margaret Baldwin and directed by Michael Haverty, “The Followers” transports “The Bacchae,” Euripides’ classic tragedy of blind ectasy and vengeance to our contemporary landscape of partisan violence, fanaticism, and global unrest. A staged reading. Click here for tickets.

Department of Theatre and Performance Studies and Paderborn University meet Suzan-Lori Parks: Onyx Theater, February 26, 2016, 8 p.m., Free. Directed by Pamela Joyce and Karen Robinson. TPS continues our multi-year transatlantic collaboration with the University of Paderborn, Germany, in this theatrical response to master playwright Suzan-Lori Parks’ 365 Days/365 Plays. Paderborn faculty and student residency at KSU is made possible by funding from The Halle Foundation.

Fall 2015 Flourish Magazine Is Now Available Online

Flourish Magazine, a publication of the College of the Arts at Kennesaw State University, is now available online. Read about Lin Hightower’s work with native artists, the original adaptation of “The Scarlet Letter,” a unique string project involving young students, and the tenth anniversary of the Department of Dance, plus much more! Click here to read the latest issue.

Support the Arts with Sponsorships

photo of Henssler Financial Group at scholarship signing

In additional to scholarship and program support, businesses and individuals can also support the College of the Arts through sponsoring concerts, plays, and art shows. Such sponsorships include tickets, advertising and name recognition that show your support for the arts at KSU while also promoting your business.

For the first time this past summer, the University’s Star-Spangled Spectacular, presented by the School of Music, enjoyed sponsorship support. Approximately 4,000 area residents came together to enjoy patriotic music performed by the KSU Orchestra on the campus green.  The event ended with a spectacular fireworks display. Henssler Financial was the lead sponsor hosting employees and clients at this summertime showcase event. Northside Hospital was also a sponsor.  The School of Music thanks both of these community-minded businesses for their support.

The School of Music’s annual Collage Concert, a major fundraiser for scholarships, is another sponsorship opportunity coming up in February 2016. This signature production features soloists, chamber groups and ensembles totaling over 200 student and faculty performers. The rapid-fire program of diverse works is presented as flowing vignette performances with unique lighting and stage design to create a truly memorable and unique experience.  Slated for two performances at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on February 6, College Concert sponsorships start at $500.

The Department of Dance and the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies also offer many performances for sponsorships. In addition, the School of Art and Design welcomes support for its annual Spring Arts Festival that brings hundreds of artists, students, and families to campus for a day of celebrating the visual arts.  

Please call Allison Fichter at 470-578-3129 or email to learn more about any of these opportunities.  Sponsorships are an important way to support the arts and student success in the arts while highlighting your business.

Photo: Henssler Financial was the first sponsor of the Star-Spangled Spectacular. Above, left to right: Michael Alexander, David Daly, Gene Henssler, Pat Henssler, Matt Hames, and Patty Poulter. features KSU Dance

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Under the leadership of Ivan Pulinkala, Kennesaw State celebrates 10 years of dance -

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Stories for a Winter Night: Sat., Jan. 23 Performance Cancelled Due to Inclement Weather

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UPDATE: The Saturday night performance (Jan. 23) has been cancelled due to inclement weather.The box office will send an email to ticket holders regarding refunds or exchanges. If you do not receive an email, please call the box office on Monday at 470-578-6650. Southern humorist Andy Offut Irwin and “Affrilachian” storyteller Lyn Ford join forces for a night of hilarious and heartfelt performances. January 21-23, 8 P.M., at the Stillwell Theater; $5 to $20. Tickets online at or call 470-578-6650. 

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.

Game On: School of Music Presents Concert of Live Video Game Music

Game On: Live Video Game Music

Kennesaw State University School of Music presents
Game On: Live Video Game Music
Friday, January 15, 2016 | 8 PM
Morgan Hall at the Bailey Performance Center

Click here to purchase tickets (Starting at $23)
(Update 1/15/16, 4pm: Online ticket sales closed at 4pm, but seats are still available and tickets can be purchased at the door beginning at 7pm.)

On Friday, January 15, 2016, the School of Music presents its annual Proctor Scholarship Concert, titled Game On, featuring the music from popular, current, and classic video game soundtracks performed by the KSU Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. This special program explores the musical landscape of video games from well-loved 8-bit classics to today’s amazingly complex and visually stunning titles including Final Fantasy, Call of Duty, Halo, Tetris, Bioshock, World of Warcraft, and more.

Video games are truly works of art, and the best games seamlessly combine extraordinary technological advances with captivating artistic creation. Each of these aspects have continuously progressed and improved throughout the history of gaming to the point that the soundtrack that accompanies a modern game’s on-screen graphics are major works of compositional genius that complete the immersive and vivid gamescapes loved by billions of gaming devotees across generations and around the world.

Click here to purchase tickets (Starting at $23)
(Update 1/15/16, 4pm: Online ticket sales closed at 4pm, but seats are still available and tickets can be purchased at the door beginning at 7pm.)

Game On: Live Video Game Music

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

Download Prospectus


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!

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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