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Dance Education Abroad in Israel

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Israel is often hailed as the epicenter of the contemporary dance world, and is home to world-renowned dance companies like the Batsheva Dance Company, Vertigo Dance Company, Israel Ballet, and the Kibbutz Dance Company. Tel Aviv and Jerusalem therefore seemed to be logical sites for the development of KSU’s first Dance Education Abroad Program that was launched this May by Dr. Ivan Pulinkala, Chair of the KSU Department of Dance. Thirteen KSU dance majors traveled to Israel this summer for 7 days, studying Batsheva repertory, taking gaga technique classes, and visiting some of the most historic sites in the world. Pulinkala developed his two-week Maymester course with the goal of helping dance students understand how the political and religious history of Israel has shaped the development of some of the most influential contemporary dance in the world.

According to KSU’s Vice-Provost and Chief International Officer, Lance Askildson, “This inaugural program in dance will serve as a catalyst for the development of other education abroad programs for KSU in Israel.” Though smaller than the size of New Jersey, Israel, known as the startup nation, is home to the highest number of academics per capita in the world. Ambassador Judith Varnai -Shorer, Consul General of Israel to the Southeast states, “This study abroad in dance is an organic development of the growing relationship we have with Ivan Pulinkala and dance at KSU, and one that we hope will result in the growth of other study abroad programs for Kennesaw State University in Israel.”

Dance majors described the experience to be transformational, as they visited Yad Vashem (the Holocaust Museum) and the Holy Land in Jerusalem. Working with some of the most celebrated dancers inthe world and studying Batsheva repertory was inspirational beyond measure. Students witnessed the world premiere of a new work by the Vertigo Dance Company and described the cuisine of Israel to be sophisticated and unique, much like its dance making.



KSU Celebrates Independence Day with 9th Annual Star-Spangled Spectacular

2016 Star-Spangled Spectacular at Kennesaw State University Saturday, June 25, 2016

2016 Star-Spangled Spectacular &
Family Fun Festival

Saturday, June 25, 2015
(rain date: Sunday, June 26)
KSU Campus Green

For more information, visit StarSpangledKSU.com


Kick off your Independence Day holiday at Kennesaw State University’s 9th Annual Star-Spangled Spectacular held on Saturday, June 25 on the Campus Green in the heart of KSU’s Kennesaw Campus. This free, annual event features a patriotic concert with performances by the KSU Big Band and KSU Summer Orchestra followed by a spectacular fireworks finale. In addition to the concert beginning at 7:30 p.m., be sure to arrive early to enjoy the Family Fun Festival beginning at 4 p.m. featuring pre-concert including games, face painting, balloon artists, food trucks, vendors and exhibits from the KSU community and beyond, and more.

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2016 Star-Spangled Spectacular at Kennesaw State University Saturday, June 25, 2016

Art AIDS Advocacy: Printmaking and Resource Exposition on the ZMA Green

Art AIDS Advocacy

On April 19, 2016 students, a visiting artist, faculty, and staff members of the Zuckerman Museum of Art collaborated on the Art AIDS Advocacy Printmaking and Resource Exposition on the ZMA Green. Pictured (from left to right) are Katie Ericson (ZMA Visitor Services Coordinator), Katy Malone (ZMA Outreach & Education Coordinator), Chris Neuenschwander (Visiting Artist), Jean Marie Fritter (student), Valerie Dibble (Professor of Printmaking), Amelia Buff (student), and Rachel Burgener (student).

Art AIDS Advocacy Day was presented in conjunction with Art AIDS America, an exhibition that underscores the deep and unforgettable presence of HIV in American art. It introduces and explores a wide spectrum of artistic responses to AIDS, from the politically outspoken to the quietly mournful, surveying works from the early 1980s to the present. Printmaking-Puzzle-Image160423

In front of the museum the KSU Print Club and Chris Neuenschwander of Noosh Studios, (professional Atlanta-area printmaker and KSU alum) led KSU students and museum visitors in making Activist Art. Visitors and students learned about the printmaking process, how to translate an idea into an image, and even got to participate in pulling prints of Print Club designs or designs of their very own! Each block was cut in the shape of a puzzle piece, and had a design that depicted various causes and issues that resonated with the artist that carved it. Issues represented included but were not limited to: Anti-Bullying, Mental Illness Awareness/Acceptance, Conservation, Literacy, and Extinction Awareness/Prevention.

All of the individual pieces interlocked into one large print block that was printed during the Spring Arts Festival.

The Resource Expo helped students learn what resources are available on the KSU campus to encourage student involvement in the fight against the HIV epidemic here in Atlanta.

Organizations represented include:

  • GLBTIQ Student Retention Services
  • Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Gender & Women’s Studies Program
  • Career and Services Center
Zuckerman Museum of Art Staff work on AIDS AdvocacyUsing breyer to ink a block for block printing.

Art AIDS America, the current exhibition, closes on May 22, 2016. This groundbreaking exhibition underscores the deep and unforgettable presence of HIV in American art. It introduces and explores a wide spectrum of artistic responses to AIDS, from the politically outspoken to the quietly mournful, surveying works from the early 1980s to the present. Art AIDS America is organized by Tacoma Art Museum in partnership with The Bronx Museum of the Arts, and co-curated by Dr. Jonathan D. Katz, Director, Visual Studies Doctoral Program at the University at Buffalo (The State University of New York), and Rock Hushka, Chief Curator at Tacoma Art Museum. The ZMA is the only southern representative on the tour of this critical exploration in art.



Don Robson’s Hidden Gems

Citizen, watercolor by Donald Robson

School of Art and Design Professor Don Robson was one of 60 artists showing talent and techniques in a wide-reaching Kai Lin Art exhibition, “The New South,” on view until Friday, May 13, 2016. Artwork by Professor Robert Sherer in the show.

Learn more on Kai Lin Art’s web site.



Musical Theatre Showcase: May 1, 2016, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.; FREE!

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Don’t miss the showstopping Musical Theatre Showcase at the Onyx Theater on May 1 at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Directed by Amanda Wansa Morgan with music direction by Judy Cole, the Musical Theatre Showcase features students performing various selected works from the spring semester. The show is free, but please arrive early, as seated is limited.



Spring Arts Festival Week: April 16-23

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Celebrate the arts at Kennesaw State University beginning April 16 with a week of events culminating in the 2016 Spring Arts Festival on Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. There will be music, fun and food trucks with free art demonstrations and workshops.

Art activities run the gamut from a scavenger hunt to painting and drawing, 3D printing and basic digital painting to Raku ceramics firing. There will even be a photo booth to capture visitors’ candid moments. Major attractions include KSU Print’s steamroller, which will print large-scale relief blocks, a spectacular iron pour and “Chalk the ZMA” at the Zuckerman Museum of Art.

Local artists and students will show off their art skills through the digital animation showcase, virtual art gallery or Pin-Up show. The Pin-Up show allows competition in five categories: elementary, middle, high school, community and “Art from the Heart” for students with disabilities. To participate, visit KSUArtsFestival.com and click on “Art Submission.”

Music and dance are front and center during the week, featuring the “Modern Mozart: Spring Opera Gala,” KSU Philharmonic and Concert Band, Chamber Singers and Men’s Ensemble and the Student Dance Concert.

Kennesaw State will host the U.S. premiere of Birobidjan by Guy Marc Hinant on April 20, at 7 p.m. in the Social Sciences Building on the Kennesaw Campus. Previously screened at the Amsterdam Film Festival, the film is about the first Jewish state, which was developed by Josef Stalin and located in Siberia. Dominique Goblet, a visual artist, illustrator and a pioneer of the European graphic novel, will be illustrating during the film screening, and her work will be displayed live as the film is shown.

For more festival information and to watch a preview of the film, please go to KSUArtsFestival.com.



Student Dance Concert: April 22-23, 8 p.m.

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Enjoy an evening of innovative senior projects presented by the KSU Dance Company at the Stillwell Theater on April 22-23 at 8 p.m.  Tickets are $15-20 and may be purchased here.



Summer Arts Intensives for High School Students: June 6-10, 2016

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Welcome to the College of the Arts’ Summer Arts Intensives! These one-week, non-residential, summer programs are perfect for young artists who are serious about pursuing their craft and learning more about what it is like to pursue college-level work in the arts. We invite you to explore our offerings, and come and experience the arts programs at KSU!

Summer Arts Intensive: ACTING

Explore the art of acting, and be inspired by KSU’s award-winning faculty and alumni. Collaborate with like-minded young artists from all over the region. Classes in acting, movement, voice and improvisation will center on the development of an original work presented in a final performance for friends and family. This program is limited to 20 participants, so please register early! The cost of the intensive is $295 and includes lunch each day.

Summer Arts Intensive: DANCE

Experience technical and artistic growth in an environment that fosters creativity and learning. Under the guidance of dance professors at KSU, students will experience a variety of dance technique and theoretical courses that are an integral part of dance education at KSU. Students will take classes in modern, ballet, African and jazz technique, as well as experience theory classes in dance history and kinesiology. Faculty will set choreographic repertory that will be performed by the students in a concert at the end of the intensive. The Department of Dance at KSU also offers incentive scholarships every year to outstanding students who attend the intensive. Register here or click here to learn more.  The cost of the intensive is $295 and includes lunch each day.

Summer Arts Intensive: MUSIC

The KSU Summer Music Intensive is intended for serious high school students who want the opportunity to experience musical and artistic growth in an environment that fosters creativity and learning. Throughout the week, students will participate in a variety of individual and ensemble sessions with our exceptional faculty and current School of Music students. The week culminates in a performance that showcases the student’s work. The School of Music at KSU also offers incentive scholarships every year to outstanding students who attend the intensive. Click here for more information about the individual programs and the schedule for the week. Register here. The cost of the intensive is $295 and includes lunch each day.

Summer Arts Intensive: MUSICAL THEATRE

New works in musical theatre are happening everywhere!  From the rap revolution of Hamilton to the outcries of social change through Fun Home and all of the exciting movie adaptations and juke-box musicals in between like Once, Rock of Ages, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.Come explore the hottest new hits of Broadway and the musical theatre industry as well as create NEW musical theatre songs of your own!  We will tell the stories of today through a variety of vocal styles, dance, and composition, all while honing the techniques that industry professionals and training programs are looking for. The work of the week will culminate in a performance for friends, family, and public in which all participants will have a place to share and shine. Click here for more information, including the schedule. Register here. The cost of the intensive is $295 and includes lunch each day.

Summer Arts Intensive: VISUAL ARTS

The KSU Summer Art Intensive is open to serious high school students interested in the visual arts. Students will explore a variety of media such as ceramics, mixed media, drawing, software and digital applications, technology, bookmaking, and printmaking with KSU faculty and students. The intensive is designed to help students further develop their skills and creativity, and strengthen their portfolios. A pin-up show at the end of the week will highlight student work. The School of Art & Design also offers incentive scholarships every year to outstanding students who attend the intensive. Click here for more information, including the schedule. Register here. The cost of the intensive is $295 and includes lunch each day.



Renowned Artist Couple Comes to KSU

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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.

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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.



K.I.S.S Spring Hoopla Palooza!

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Don’t miss the 2016 K.I.S.S. Spring Hoopla Palooza April 22-23, 2016, at 8 p.m., at the Onyx Theatre on the Kennesaw campus. Directed by Jamie Bullins, this production will help you celebrate spring with the student improv ensemble’s irresistible antics and games. The Hoopla Palooza is FREE, but please arrive early because seating is limited. Check out the video from the Fall 2015 K.I.S.S. ROFL production.



Søndergård Leads Atlanta Symphony in Final KSU Performance of 2015-16 Season

Søndergård Leads Atlanta Symphony in Final KSU Performance of 2015-16 Season

Kennesaw State University School of Music presents
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Thomas Søndergård, conductor; Alexandre Tharaud, piano
Friday, April 1, 2016 | 8 p.m.
Morgan Hall at the Bailey Performance Center


Click here to purchase tickets (Starting at $23)

Conductor Thomas Søndergård leads the Atlanta Symphony in the orchestra’s final performance at Kennesaw State during the 2015-16 season. Pianist Alexandre Tharaud plays Ravel’s Concerto in D Major for the Left Hand Alone, a remarkable synthesis of classical and jazz elements commissioned by pianist Paul Wittgenstein who lost his right arm during the First World War. Following is Ravel’s Rapsodie Espagnol, a magically orchestrated celebration of the beauties and mysteries of Spain with enticing melodies and rhythms. The program is bounded by a pair of works about the sea: Berlioz’s Overture to Le Corsaire inspired by Lord Byron’s tale of the seafaring hero and Debussy’s La Mer inspired by the composer’s lifelong passion for the sea.

Program:
Berlioz: Overture to Le Corsaire
Ravel: Concerto in D major for the Left Hand Alone
Ravel: Rapsodie Espagnol
Debussy: La Mer


Søndergård Leads Atlanta Symphony in Final KSU Performance of 2015-16 Season



Spring Awakening: March 9-13, 16-20, Stillwell Theater

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An alluringly melancholy story of self-discovery and coming-of-age anxiety as seen through the eyes of young teenagers, Spring Awakening will be presented by Kennesaw State University Department of Theatre and Performance Studies March 9 through March 20.

Caught between their sexual urges and society’s contradictory teachings, the 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 and roll. 

When the epic production opened on Broadway at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre in late 2006, it won eight Tony awards, including “Best Musical,” and the original cast album received a Grammy Award. “Spring Awakening became the show of a generation in 2006, like Rent before it, and like Hamilton is today. It truthfully explores the timeless challenges of navigating the early teen years, and an oppressive society that wants to control and limit them.  Set in repressive 19th century Germany, this show collides brilliantly with the contemporary alternative rock score by Duncan Shiek. It is a show of our time,” said director Rick Lombardo, also chair of the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies.

Eryn Murman, an original Broadway cast member and dance captain of Spring Awakening, spent two weeks coaching the KSU performers. She said, “When I did the original production on Broadway, I played all of the five female roles and I was also dance captain, so it gave me a really solid foundation of the story, the music and the spirit of the show, and I’ve brought that to KSU. I’ve been totally inspired by the KSU students: they are incredibly hard working, super respectful, and most importantly, really passionate about their craft.” 

“I worked with Rick on a California production of Spring Awakening with Sonya Tayeh’s choreography, which we have brought to this production at KSU,” she added. Sonya Tayeh is nationally known not only for her choreography in Spring Awakening, but also for her Emmy-nominated work on Fox TV’s So You Think You Dance. Lombardo said, “It has been a unique experience for our students performing in the show, and we hope it will be a provocative couple of hours for our musical theatre patrons as well.”

Warning: Spring Awakening contains mature themes, sexual situations, partial nudity and strong language; may not suitable for all audiences or those under age 18.

Tickets for this event range from $14 to $20; purchase online at ticketing.kennesaw.edu or call the College of the Arts’ box office at 470-578-6650. 

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.

“A GROUNDBREAKING JOLT OF GENIUS!”
-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



KSFNM Presents Music of Origins Festival at Kennesaw State

KSFNM Presents Music of Origins Festival at Kennesaw State

Kennesaw State Festival of New Music presents
Music of Origins
March 14-17, 2016

The 2016 Music of Origins festival is a special presentation of the annual Kennesaw State Festival of New Music (KSFNM). This year’s festival focuses on music and composers from several specific cultural backgrounds that inform the musical traditions of these cultures and ethnic groups. Chinese ethnic and folk traditions will be highlighted in a special performance by Voice of Yunnan. American folk acoustic duo Lowland Hum explore folk traditions and the intersection of creative writing with music and lyrics. KSU Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble welcome guest composer Kamran Ince whose Turkish/American ancestry influences his music and highlights Turkish/Balkan traditions. In addition to performances, the festival will also feature various residency actitivies. Click below for tickets and more information.

CONCERTS

Tuesday, March 15 | TICKETS
VOICE OF YUNNAN
Voice of Yunnan features the music of Chinese ethnic groups and inheritors of minority culture from within Yunnan, a Chinese province noted for a very high level of ethnic diversity. Performers include professional musicians and music professors from the China Conservatory of Music performing more than 10 varieties of Chinese ethnic music.

Wednesday, March 16 | TICKETS
LOWLAND HUM
Lowland Hum are a husband and wife duo, Daniel and Lauren, who perform American folk and indie acoustic music. This special performance will feature an illuminated art installation and hand-bound lyric books highlighting Lauren’s visual art background plus intimate seating on stage with the band in Morgan Hall.

Thursday, March 17 | TICKETS
SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND WIND ENSEMBLE
WITH VISITING COMPOSER KAMRAN INCE

KSU Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble perform a special combined program featuring the music of Kamran Ince, a composer of Turkish/American ancestry, and additional works. This concert will be streamed live online at musicKSU.com.

RESIDENCY ACTIVITIES

Monday, March 14
“Songs and Origin”
Prillaman Hall Room 1103 | 10am-12pm
Learn about the intersection of music, writing, and self-identity. Students will join guest artists Lowland Hum to explore how songwriting works, how music relates to origin and identity, and how the songs we choose speak to others about who we are.

Tuesday, March 15
“Creative Careers in Writing and Music”
Music Building Room 109 | 5-6:15pm
Guest artists Lowland Hum will discuss how writing is used to create artistic content and support the development of an artist’s career and the work required to form and sustain a touring musical ensemble.

Wednesday, March 16
Composition Masterclass with Kamran Ince
Wilson Building Room 119 | 4:30-6pm
Composer Kamran Ince discusses his work and provides composition students with critique on their original works.

Thursday, March 17
Guest Artist Lecture with Kamran Ince
Music Building Room 109 | 1-1:50pm
Composer Kamran Ince will present an overview of his work and compositional process.



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Academy/Academia exhibition at MCMA through March 26.

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Through this state-wide art competition showcasing works of art created by current university professors and emeriti, the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art aims to give the community an opportunity to engage within an academic environment. Fay Gold was the guest Juror for this exhibition, and chose works that demonstrated craftsmanship, quality, integrity and proficiency within concentrated disciplines.

The  interchangeable title suggests a certain level of learning; Academy being the contemporary word used to describe a higher level of education or research and Academia the ancient Greek term for the same. This exhibition aims to create a parallel between the long standing tradition of ancient and modern education and to recognize educators of the art discipline as artists themselves.  The MCMA received 115 submissions and Ms. Gold selected 45 pieces to feature by 28 professors/emeriti.  

Representing the School of Art + Design are Donna Colebeck, Deborah Hutchinson, Joe Remillard, Robert Sherer and Geo Sipp.

The public was invited to attend Academy/Academia Symposium: An Evening of Discussion and Enlightenment Thursday, February 25th, giving the community an opportunity to ask questions about the exhibited work.

(Image of small metals work by Deborah Hutchinson, More Beyond.)



Spring Capstone Exhibitions Feature Student Artwork

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School of Art and Design students completing their Bachelors of Fine Arts and Art Education degrees participate in capstone exhibitions that showcase artwork of various disciplines and materials representing individual styles and high levels of conceptual ability. This spring, the students’ work will be presented in two back-to-back exhibitions. All exhibitions and receptions are housed in the Fine Arts Gallery in the Wilson Building on the Kennesaw campus. Free and open to the public.

Capstone Exhibition I: Graphic Communications
March 2 - March 23, 2016
Reception: March 7th, 5 - 7 p.m.

Capstone Exhibition II: Studio Art
March 29 - May 1, 2016
Reception: April 11, 5 - 7 p.m.

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Folk Duo Lowland Hum Plays 2016 Music of Origins Festival at KSU


Lowland Hum on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts

Hear more music from Lowland Hum

LOWLAND HUM
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 | 8 p.m.
Morgan Hall at the Bailey Performance Center
Presented by KSU School of Music and
Department of English

PURCHASE TICKETS (Starting at $10)

Husband and wife indie folk duo Lowland Hum perform on Wednesday, March 16 at Kennesaw State University as part of the 2016 Music of Origins festival presented as a special event of the Kennesaw State Festival of New Music (KSFNM). This performance by Lowland Hum will feature intimate, on-stage seating in Morgan Hall at the Bailey Performance Center on campus at KSU.


In addition to several performances, the Music of Origin festival will also includee several residency activities, include the following sessions featuring Lowland Hum.

Monday, March 14
“Songs and Origin”
Prillaman Hall Room 1103 | 10am-12pm
Learn about the intersection of music, writing, and self-identity. Students will join guest artists Lowland Hum to explore how songwriting works, how music relates to origin and identity, and how the songs we choose speak to others about who we are.

Tuesday, March 15
“Creative Careers in Writing and Music”
Music Building Room 109 | 5-6:15pm
Guest artists Lowland Hum will discuss how writing is used to create artistic content and support the development of an artist’s career and the work required to form and sustain a touring musical ensemble.


ABOUT LOWLAND HUM
Shortly after they were wed in 2012, Lauren and Daniel quit their odd jobs and decided to try doing music full time. They devoted their days to singing Daniel’s songs for as many groups of people in as many places as possible. They wrote new songs too, and Lauren stepped into the songwriting process for the first time as Daniel left space for her to discover more of her voice as a writer. They were constantly dreaming up additional ways to combine their creative strengths. An illuminated installation and hand-bound lyric books made their way into the duo’s live performances, incorporating Lauren’s background in visual art. Out of these early collaborations Lowland Hum was born and before the end of their first year of marriage, their debut album, Native Air, was underway.

While recording in the basement of Daniel’s childhood home, Native Air became symbolic to the two of their integration as a couple. Many of the songs explore concepts of identity and were written in a season when Daniel and Lauren were sorting out daily what it looked like to join two lives and two creative minds together. It was a year of discovering how to continue to grow as individuals while maintaining unity. The album was released in the fall of 2013 and to the duo’s surprise and delight, Native Air was met with overwhelming affirmation. Their work was praised for its sincere lyrics, sparse arrangements and haunting harmonies. They spent the tail end of that year and the bulk of 2014 touring relentlessly across the United States, carving out time for recording sessions in between tours. Their EP Four Sisters was released in the fall of 2014 with accompanying videos that Lauren made using public domain home movies.

In 2015, coming off the heels of Four Sisters, Lowland Hum shared their sophomore full length release, a self titled collection of songs written during the fast-paced blur of the past year. Though the songs begin with one acoustic guitar and two voices, many of them grow in size and scope while the band recorded them at a small studio outside Charlottesville, Virginia. Daniel and Lauren enlisted the help of good friends Edd Kerr, Joseph Dickey and Dan Faust (engineer, bassist and drummer, respectively) to allow the songs the kind of expansion they were hearing in their imaginations. Lowland Hum was released worldwide on April 14 2015. The record debuted as an NPR Music First Listen stream. Following the release of the new album, Lowland Hum hit the road, supported by a rhythm section, touring all over the East Coast and Midwest. In September, the LH signed with San Diego-based indie label, Randm Records. Currently, the band is on the road again, this time as a duo, taking the new songs across the country to the west coast and back.


Folk Duo Lowland Hum Play 2016 KSFNM Music of Origins Festival



KSU Dance Festival April 16-17

KSU Dance Festival

KSU Dance Festival

To promote concert dance within area high schools and dance studios

More Information

Register here

Video/Application Submissions: November 2 - December 4, 2015

Adjudication Concert selections announced: January 11, 2016

Festival Registration Deadline for all companies, schools and studios: January 25, 2016

OPEN REGISTRATION FOR ALL STUDIOS AND HIGH SCHOOLS UNTIL FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5th! KSU Dance Festival: April 16th – 17th, 2016 (Updated Dates!)



Art Students Present Undergraduate Research

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Art Students Earn Professional Opportunities to Present Their Undergraduate Research

15th Annual Art History Forum

We congratulate School of Art and Design students Madeline Beck, Ashi Hazel, Stephanie King, and Dakota Parker, for having their proposals selected to present at the 15th Annual Art History Forum at Wesleyan College. Twenty-four presentations pertaining to subjects ranging from Ancient Art in Europe and Northern Africa, Middle Eastern Art from the 16th Century, to Modern Art throughout the world will be held from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on March 4. Our students will each have 20 minutes to read their papers with a PowerPoint presentation at the forum. All four of these students were mentored by Professor of Art History, Jessica Stephenson.

Madeline Beck, ‘The Mummy Portrait of Sarapon from Fayum’

Ashli Hazel, 'The Representation of Mississippian Native North American Art in the Post-Modern Museum’

Stephanie King, 'Contemporary Cameroonian Art at Home and Abroad’

Dakota Parker, 'Reflections of the Personal and Political in Lyle Aston Harris’ Untitled (Silver Handcuffs)’

NCUR

A group from the printmaking concentration will be presenting their original research dealing with homelessness awareness at the 30th Annual National Council on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) Conference at the University of North Carolina Asheville, April 7-9. Mentored by Professor of Printmaking Valerie Dibble, Ian Smith, Virginia Mullinex, Donte Hayes and Denise Hemerlein were among twelve students of the College of the Arts selected from more than 4,000 submissions to present their work to their peers, faculty and staff from across the nation. In addition to attending the art history forum at Wesleyan College, student Madeline Beck will present her paper, “A Different Perspective on the Representation of Prostitutes in Ancient Greek Vase-painting” at the conference. Madeline was mentored by both Dr. Kris Seaman and Dr. Jessica Stephenson.

Dean Patty Poulter thanks the faculty mentors, members of the COTA Undergraduate Research group and all who attend RADNOCULAR presentations in support of undergraduate research in the College of the Arts. All expenses for the students going to the NCUR conference are covered in full by Kennesaw State University.

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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


Click here to purchase tickets (Starting at $23)

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.

Program:
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 musicKSU.com.

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