KSU School of Music presents 9th annual Collage Concert on Saturday, Feb. 7


Kennesaw State University School of Music is proud to present its 9th annual Collage concert on Saturday, February 7, 2015. Collage is the signature production of the School of Music and a primary fundraising event for supporting scholarships for School of Music students.

 Each year, the show features a rapid-fire program delivered as flowing vignette performances by School of Music soloists, chamber groups, and ensembles totaling over 200 student and faculty performers. Due to sold-out crowds and increasingly high demand for each performance over the past several years, this year’s Collage event will feature two shows on Saturday, February 7 at 5 and 8 p.m.  In addition to these performances, a public reception and raffle will be held between the two concerts from 6:30 to 8 p.m.  Patrons may also purchase VIP tickets that include premium seating for the 8 p.m. concert and a special reception and silent auction following the 8 p.m. concert.

Special repertoire, seamless transitions between diverse works, and unique lighting and stage design combine to make this event a truly memorable experience. This cutting edge concert experience highlights the incredible passion and talent of the faculty and students of the KSU School of Music. Collage showcases the School of Music’s mission to educate musicians who innovate, create, and lead their art into the future.

Among the raffle items is a special offering featuring a week’s stay in a beautiful Nantucket home and airfare for up to six people. Tickets for the week in Nantucket raffle are $150 each and only 200 tickets will be sold. Tickets for all remaining raffle items will be available on the day of the event for $10 each or 15 for $100. Proceeds will support scholarships for School of Music students.

Tickets for the Collage Concert range from $15 to $100. To buy tickets for the concert or VIP reception, please visit or call 470-578-6650. To purchase raffle tickets, please call (470) 578-6151. 

Click here for tickets to the 5 p.m. performance.

Click here for tickets to the 8 p.m. performance.

The School of Music wishes to thank our sponsors for their generosity:

 Patron Level
Joseph D. Meeks

Premier Supporter Level
Tommy & Kathy Adkins
Ted & Janet Bennings
Choate Construction Co.
James & Cecelia Dunn
Bill & Linda Pinto
Repro Products

And our sincere thanks to the following silent auction in-kind donors:

ArtsBridge Foundation
Associate Builders and Contractors of Georgia, Inc.
Atlanta Bonded Warehouse/Colonial Cartage Corporation
Dawn Bonser
Demanding Chihuahua Designs
Celsius Salon & Spa
The Color Spot
Cumberland Diamond Exchange
Coach Vince Dooley
Rusl Gray Clinical Esthetics
Gwen’s Pet Shop
Happy Pets Mobile Grooming
Robert Henry
Joyce Lowenstein
Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art
Marietta Gone with the Wind Museum
Marietta Museum of History
KSU School of Music
Shane McDonald
Joseph D. Meeks
Dean Patty Poulter
The Mercury Group at Morgan Stanley
Dr. & Mrs. Dan Papp
Repro Products
Smith-Gilbert Gardens
Taqueria Tsunami
Trackside Grill
Debra Traficante
University Advancement & Development
White Rabbit Cottage
Bob Wise

The support provided by these individuals and businesses adds greatly to the Collage’s success in raising scholarship funds for the School of Music!

And special thanks to our Collage Concert Committee:

Bob Feldberg, Chair
Michael Alexander, Director of the School of Music

Kathie Beckett
Brenda Curtis
David Daly
Cecelia Dunn
Allison Fichter
Fred Gabourie
Dorothy Keith
June Mauser
Kathy Rechsteiner
Susan White
Bob Wise

Thank you!

PING CHONG IN RESIDENCY at Kennesaw State University


The Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at Kennesaw State University is honored to host internationally renowned director, choreographer, video, and installation artist Ping Chong for a five-day residency from February 10-14, 2015.

On February 10th at 2:00 pm in KSU’s Onyx Theater, Chong will present a talk about his work entitled “All Islands Connect Underwater.” From February 11-14th, he will work with an ensemble of 23 theatre and performance studies students to devise original performance work. An informal presentation of their work-in-progress will take place on Saturday, February 14th at 6:00 pm in the Stillwell Theater.

Ping Chong was born in Toronto, Canada and raised in New York City’s Chinatown. He is the recipient of an Obie Award, six NEA Fellowships, a Playwrights USA Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a 1992 New York Theatre and Dance “Bessie” Award for Sustained Achievement. His work has been presented at major museums, festivals, and theaters through the Americas, Europe, and Asia; his series of community residency-based documentary theater explorations of immigrants, Undesirable Elements, have been created and performed all over the world. Ping Chong founded his company Ping Chong + Company in 1975 with a mission to create works of theater and art that explore the intersections of race, culture, history, art, media and technology in the modern world.

Today, Ping Chong + Company produces original works by a close-knit ensemble of affiliated artists, under the artistic leadership of Ping Chong. Productions range from intimate oral history projects to grand scale cinematic multidisciplinary productions featuring puppets, performers, and full music and projection scores. The art reveals beauty, precision, and a commitment to social justice. The company’s theatrical works address the important cultural and civic issues of our times, striving to reach the widest audiences with the greatest level of artistic innovation and social integrity.

Since 1975, the company has produced over 90 works by Ping Chong and his collaborators at New York venues such as La MaMa ETC, the Brooklyn Academy Music’s Next Wave Festival, Central Park Summerstage, Lincoln Center Festival, New Victory Theater, Asia Society, and internationally at Perth International Arts Festival (Australia), The Barbican Centre (UK), Lille 2004 European Capital of Culture Festival (France), Romaeuropa Festival (Italy), Tokyo International Festival of Performing Arts (Japan), and Festival of Asian Art (Hong Kong).

Ping Chong + Company has become a model in the performing arts field for international and institutional collaborations. Another dimension of Ping Chong + Company is the PCC Training Institute—a one-week training intensive during which participants work directly with Ping Chong + Company artists to learn the process of creating Undesirable Elements, including how to conduct interviews and develop original script components; strategies to build relationships with community organizations; and two Master Classes with Ping Chong exploring the related esthetics and social justice issues of his multidisciplinary works.*

*This content has been excerpted from Ping Chong + Company’s website.

For more information about Ping Chong + Company, please visit


Recent Achievements by Students of the School of Art and Design

2015 January Montage of Student Success in the School of Art and Design, KSU

Student News, January 2015

Capsule, one-of-a-kind shell book by Lauren BishopCapsule, one-of-a-kind shell book by Lauren BishopCapsule, one-of-a-kind shell book by Lauren Bishop

Capsule, one-of-a-kind shell book by Lauren Bishop

Photos of Capsule Shell Book by student, Lauren Bishop.
Used with permission by the artist.

Book Arts and Papermaking student, Lauren Bishop, posted some photos of her final book project on social media and was contacted in November, 2014 by the curator and archivist of the Colorado College Special Collections. They ended up purchasing her one-of-a-kind shell book for their special collection of artists’ books in Colorado Springs, CO! Lauren was a student of Associate Professor of Bookmaking, Natasha Lovelace.



Congratulations to James Gilbert, who received the Ted and Roberta Griffin Visual Arts Scholarship for 2014 at the KSU Scholarship Awards reception last Friday.

  • Also featured as a solo artist in an exhibition as part of the Atlanta Art Walk and C4 Atlanta!
  • Graduated in December, 2014
  • Working hard to develop a capstone series to exhibit


Students enrolled in the graduate MAT in Teaching Art program were recently accepted by the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry to present ( Under the leadership of Professor of Art Education, Dr. April Munson, recently graduated students Shanna CoulterSara SousaKottavei Williams and Jamie Richardson will present Hair PieceHair Peace: An Interrogation of Identity this May. The idea started out with a question posed in class, and continued well past the course into the form of a paper/presentation.


Students of Graphic Design, Elisha Lent-Powell and Brieanna Bailey were recognized by the Paulding County Commissioner for their logo designs which were chosen for an upcoming green space called Green Meadows Preserve. The designated green space will be located at the corner of Dallas Hwy and Old Hamilton Road. Elisha’s logo will be the brand mark (logo) for the main entrance to the park. Brieanna’s logo will be used as markers along the bluebird trails. While Professor Maugé-Lewis’ entire class was recognized, because their logos were the ones chosen, Elisha and Brieanna were presented with award certificates.




Many thanks to Professor Valerie Dibble, the students in the Printmaking program, and artist Leann Alame for their hard work in editioning Savor the Arts - Peacock, the Dean’s Print for the Savor the Arts Lunch and Learn Series.


Dan Sachs’ student Gia Lopez had an internship at the Zuckerman Museum of Art this Fall, and his former student, Mariah Heilpern, who graduated as the top art history student in the Spring semester, is now the Gallery Manager at the ZuCot Gallery in Atlanta.


Leann Alame and Laura Milum, (Visual Arts, printmaking), were accepted into the portfolio exchange “Opposites Attract” with professionals from Atlanta Printmaking Studio.


The following students were selected as award winners of the recently concluded Diversity Art Competition, advised by Professor of Drawing and Painting, Joe Remillard:
First place:
Adam Sanford & Meg Daniel
Second place: Manami Lingerfelt & Shanna Coulter
Third place: Ryan Benefield & Mandy Holasek





Photos of Imagination Unleashed exhibition in the Norcross Creative Lofts by student, Anthony DeSantis.
Used with permission by the artist.

Tony Desantis (student of printmaking concentration) is having a one person exhibition, “Imagination Unleashed,” of his prints at the Creative Loft of Lionhearte Theater. The show, which runs through January 28, 2015 is a series involving frame images that represent doorways into imagination.



Congratulations to Assistant Professor of Ceramics Jeff Campana and the ceramics students for their sold-out “Dig Deep” exhibition at OTP Gallery. During fall semester, Jeff challenged the students to create enough work to fill up the gallery with a large exhibition. “The show was a success from the beginning. There were plenty of sales and our student Theresa Buchanan was able to establish a consignment relationship with an Ikebana florist in Buckhead as a direct result of the show. The owners of Marketplace 120 and the Art Career Mentoring Service were so pleased with the exhibition that we decided to extend its run through the holidays. The big surprise happened last week when we were informed that a single buyer had purchased the entire remaining exhibition for resale. This will, of course, lead to future sales and consignment agreements for our students,” said Jeff Campana.  The students in the show included Theresa Buchanan, Brad Dalton, Will Darnell, Justin Knight, Annette Lucov, Chris McDoniel, Brian Parris, and K. Um.



Manami Lingerfelt is a Japanese-American non-traditional student majoring in drawing and painting in the School of Art and Design at KSU.  She is married and has two children yet somehow manages to exhibit her work in over thirty exhibitions each year.  Most students are in about five shows per year.  

For several years, Manami has been enthusiastically working the arts festival circuit in north Georgia.  Her husband and children come to the festivals with her and help with the set-up and break-down of her tents, tables and artworks.  Due to her participation in so many festivals Manami has become a very popular artist in the region.  Her artworks are lyrical and mystical, and they possess a universal appeal.  Manami has also unwittingly become a role model for young women who wish to be mothers and pursue art careers.

OTP Gallery Exhibition #5: MANAMI LINGERFELT: SOLO
Marketplace 120
562 Wylie Road Southeast #24, Marietta, GA 30067 

Exhibition Dates: Jan. 24 - Feb. 19, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, Jan. 24, 4:00 – 6:00pm


News about Students of Art History

Sebastian Broome presented a paper at the 2014 Collage Colloquium at Agnes Scott College (“Queer Identity in Alan Moore’s Watchmen”).  His research was recognized at Kennesaw State’s 2014 Undergraduate Research Reception.

Galina Buromskikh is President of the Kennesaw State Art History Club.

Jane Custer won a 2014 Flourish Visual Arts scholarship from Kennesaw State’s College of the Arts and the 2014 Bernard Osher Re-Entry Scholarship.  She also presented a paper at the 2014 Collage Colloquium at Agnes Scott College (“Looking at Susanna: Sebastiano Ricci’s Susanna and the Elders”).  Her research was recognized at Kennesaw State’s 2014 Undergraduate Research Reception, and she spoke about it at a College of the Arts Social.  She has completed the requirements of the Certificate in Public History and will receive it when she graduates.

Angelica Delaney published two articles in the Kennesaw Journal of Undergraduate Research: “Wonder Woman: Feminist Icon of the 1940s” and “Reading Cleopatra VII: The Crafting of a Political Persona.”  She presented this research at the 2014 Collage Colloquium at Agnes Scott College; the 2014 African and African Diaspora Studies Student Research Conference at Kennesaw State; and the 2014 Symposium of Student Scholars at Kennesaw State.  Her research was recognized at Kennesaw State’s 2014 Undergraduate Research Reception, she discussed it at a College of the Arts Social, and she addressed it in a video that was made to support Kennesaw State’s bid to host the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in 2018.  She also is an intern at Kennesaw State’s Zuckerman Museum of Art, where she is doing research for the Spring 2015 “Pause” exhibition and catalog.

Ashley Hazel presented a paper at the 2014 African and African Diaspora Studies Student Research Conference at Kennesaw State (“An Interdisciplinary Approach to Ancient Egyptian Cosmetics”) and the 2014 Symposium of Student Scholars at Kennesaw State (“Ancient Egyptian Cosmetics: More than Meets the Eye”).  Her research was recognized at Kennesaw State’s 2014 Undergraduate Research Reception.

Dana McKay is an intern in the Education Department at the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, and she is undertaking docent training at the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University.  She also is the Vice President of the Kennesaw State Art History Club.  During Summer 2014, she completed an internship at Artisan Custom Framing in Seattle, WA.

Monica Russ presented a paper at the 2014 African and African Diaspora Studies Student Research Conference at Kennesaw State (“The Conqueror and the Conquered: Representations of Self and Other in Ancient Egyptian Art”).

Krishna Sarmiento was selected to participate in the High Museum of Art’s competitive Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Fellowship Program in Curatorial Training during Summer 2014.

Adam Schroeder presented a paper at the 2014 African and African Diaspora Studies Student Research Conference at Kennesaw State (“A Theoretical Approach to the Book of the Dead”).

Alum named among "25 to Watch in 2015" by Dance Magazine


Just one year after graduating from Kennesaw State’s College of the Arts, alumna Indya Childs has already captured the attention of the dance world. She has landed a spot as one of “25 to Watch in 2015” in the current issue of Dance Magazine.

Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” features young dancers from some of the world’s top dance venues. From Paris to New York, from Moscow to Los Angeles, and from Copenhagen to Chicago, these are among the best of the best.

Read more

Spring Arts Festival scheduled for Sat., April 18, 2015

School of Art and Design 2014 Spring Festival

It may be cold now, but spring planning is already underway at Kennesaw State University College of the Arts.  The second annual Spring Arts Festival is now scheduled for Saturday, April 18, 2015. Open to the public, the Festival will feature music, food, dance and, of course, art. Don’t miss the iron pour metal casting event or a scavenger hunt through campus museum collections.

The Spring Festival is a great opportunity for the public to learn more about the School of Art and Design and to see the art of students and faculty members, as well as a pin-up show for high school students. It’s a fabulous time to explore all types of art.

The event features various events, demonstrations (some hands-on), and workshops.  Workshops will be held on photo printing, photography, and augmented reality. Watch painting and portrait drawing demonstrations, and enjoy tours of the Zuckerman Museum of Art and the Visual Arts building.

Patty Poulter, Dean of the College of the Arts, said, “The Spring Festival is a fabulous way to experience the arts in a new way. Take the tours, watch the demonstrations, and participate in the workshops; it will be worth your time. Bring your family, enjoy our campus, and help us celebrate the arts.”

Review: Violinist Helen Kim sparkles in Kennesaw concert with pianist Sakiko Ohashi


From, by Mark Gresham:

On Monday evening Kennesaw State University’s Bailey Performance Center was the site of a free recital by violinist Helen Hwaya Kim with guest collaborative pianist Sakiko Ohashi. They performed music by Kreisler, Respighi and Brahms to a modest-sized audience in the center’s 620-seat Morgan Hall.

A native of Canada, Kim is one of Atlanta’s more frequently sought-after independent performers in the city’s classical chamber and new music scenes. She is associate professor of music at KSU and assistant concertmaster of the Atlanta Opera Orchestra.

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Stories for a Winter Night with Rob Cleveland: Jan 22-24 at Stillwell Theater


Atlanta storyteller Rob Cleveland regales audiences with his imaginative and irrestitible retellings of stories and folktales. Performances January 22 through 24, 8 p.m., Stillwell Theater. Tickets ($5 to $20) available here.


New! The Dance Film Series at the Department of Dance


KSU Department of Dance is excited to present The Dance Film Series, a diverse group of films featuring dance. Each screening has been selected by a faculty member from the Department of Dance. Free admission and snacks. No registration is necessary; just show up!

Films begin at 5 p.m.

January 29—All That Jazz
February 5—Bill T. Jones: A Good Man
February 19—NY Export: Opus Jazz
March 19—Breath Made Visible

See you at the movies!

Bloody Pulp: Crisis in the American Comic Book, Feb. 3-8, Onyx Theater


Co-directed by Charles Parrot and Jim Davis, this world premiere explores the history and mysteries surrounding the creation of comic books in America and the code that almost crushed them. By Charles Parrot.

February 3-7, 8 p.m. February 8, 2 p.m. Onyx Theater. Tickets $5 - $12. Purchase tickets here.

K.I.S.S. presents the Spring Hoopla-Palooza April 17-18, 8 p.m.


K.I.S.S. (Kennesaw Improv Society, Stupid!) presents the Spring Hoopla-Palooza at the Onyx Theatre at 8 p.m. This free show, directed by Jamie Bullins, promises infectiously fun performances by the student improv ensemble to usher in the change of seasons. Fully on the fly. Totally NOT suitable for all audiences; you’ve been warned.

Seating may be limited, so please come early!

hoopla poster

Art Exhibition: Faculty Highlight Series Jan. 10 through May 8


Don’t miss the Faculty Highlight Series featuring the work of Kennesaw State University School of Art and Design professors Geo SippMarc Brotherton, Joe Tsambiras, and Margaret Hiden. In a partnership with the Zuckerman Museum of Art, the exhibit will be held at the Anna F. Henriquez Atrium in the Bailey Performance Center.

The exhibition will be celebrated during a large-scale reception on SaturdayMarch 14, 5-8pm.

Image, above: Kennesaw State University professor and artist Geo Sipp’s drawing “Sew, He Popped a Cop at Chesme Church” was inspired by an article he read in the New York Times about gangs of Russian youth killing older citizens for their Singer sewing machines. Urban legend has it that these machines had a titanium plate that could be sold on the black market. 

Stagecraft/Dance Production at Kennesaw State: Read the latest newsletter


If you caught the latest dance production, Pyromania, you were probably amazed by the fire on stage. How did the Department of Dance production staff pull it off? Read the latest issue of Dance Production and learn all about it.

Click here to download the newsletter.

Visions: Student Art Society Annual Juried Exhibition at KSU 1/21 - 2/18, 2015

Visions 30th Annual Student Juried Exhibition Installation View

Presented in partnership with the Zuckerman Museum of Art, the School of Art and Design is pleased to present the
Visions: Student Art Society 32nd Annual Juried Exhibition
January 21 through February 18, 2015.
Reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on January 21st.
Fine Arts Gallery, Wilson Building. Free of charge.

More information

ChoreoLab 2015: February 8th, 5 p.m., Free.


Join us for an information choreography showcase following an intensive 3-day choreographic process, demonstrating the commitment of KSU Dance majors to innovative artistry and performance. February 8th, 5 p.m., Chastain Pointe Studios. Free. Reception to follow.

Alumna Errin Cusack featured in Imagining America


KSU Dance Alum Errin Cusack and her work with “Dance Live” and the Bill Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute, featured on Imagining America.

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Student Profile: Meet School of Art and Design student Maria Londono


By Keaton Lamle; photo by Brenda Curtis

For Maria Londono, the visual arts are a realm of exploration. Whether expressing inspiration from the colorful culture of Columbia where she lived as a child, or exploring different media with special education classes in metro Atlanta, Maria says the visual arts have always centered her. While working with children during her teenage years, Londono began to feel the calling to go into education. “I always wanted to teach,” she says. “Art was one of my other passions, so it just made sense to bring those together in the art education degree.”

She explains that it was the variety of topics involved with her degree that initially attracted her as a student. “In the Art Ed degree, you take a number of classes in each medium, so you get the opportunity to work in those different fields.” She cites collaging, mixed media, and eco art as topics of interest, although she always returns to drawing and painting as her favorites. Because of this atmosphere of exploration, Londono feels that the further she advances in the program, the more it feels right to her. The senior art education major is currently student teaching in Costa Rica as part of her final semester.

Londono’s professors confirm that she is in the right field. “Maria has all the characteristics of a professional arts educator,” says Rick Garner, professor of art education. “She finds joy through service to her community. Through acts of social justice, she has been instrumental in delivering art education opportunities to populations that would not otherwise receive them.”

One such venture, the non-profit ArtForce1, has enabled Londono to bring eco art into the special education classroom, where she’s been able to encourage the development of motor skills through mosaic construction. The ‘eco’ element involves using only recycled materials during the composition process.  

For the future, Londono looks forward to applying the knowledge she’s garnered in the process of getting her degree, but may continue into graduate school. As president of Kennesaw State’s chapter of the National Art Education Association, Londono makes it clear that she is interested in all types of art education: Elementary grade school instruction, art therapy, or even alternative sources like Montessori houses. For Londono, teaching is what matters, which she believes has its own surprising benefits. “Just because I’m teaching doesn’t mean I can’t make my own art. They’re actually parallel. By teaching you are also learning, which is what’s great about teaching. The process doesn’t stop.”

Recent Achievements by Faculty and Staff of the School of Art and Design

Faculty and Staff News

Sandra Bird, Ph.D. (Art Education) gave a presentation for the Year of the Arabian Peninsula Lecture Series at the KSU Social Science on 8/28 entitled, The Maqamat of al-Hariri: A Medieval Pictorial Travelogue. The presentation examines collections of ancient stories that have been told and retold throughout the Muslim world since the 10th century. The result of the research process was a sophisticated discourse that included cogent cultural descriptors, comprised of many voices from within Muslim cultures.


Integer Overflow - Mixed Media by Marc Brotherton

Causey Contemporary (New York, NY) is pleased to announce “Integer Overflow,” an exhibition by Marc Brotherton April 9 - May 10, 2015. 

The paintings for the exhibition are a new step forward in the evolution of Marc Brotherton’s work. He uses cast-off shapes and spaces from notable abstractions of the past to make new paintings that challenge the idea of what makes a painting. Following the writings of painter Thomas Nozkowski that art has the power to expand consciousness and increase freedom, Marc Brotherton has kneaded the idea into the work through his use of abstractions inspired by video game design of the 1980’s. “Integer Overflow” is a term taken from a particular kind of system failure in which a limit has been met. The result in the video game is a kill screen that may read “Game Over!” for example.  But the kill screen may mean that an ultimate achievement has been made as well.  As a painter, Marc creates paintings that represent a way to continue past the highest level—where at a certain point one realizes that the rules of the game don’t apply anymore.


Page Burch has been asked to be on the Steering Committee and to run the 2015 National Conference on Cast Iron Art in Birmingham, Alabama. He will be co-chairing the performances for the conference as well. 


Jeff Campana Ceramic Vessel

Jeff Campana Ceramic Vessel

Jeff Campana Ceramic Vessel

The Complete Guide to Mid-Range Glazes by John Britt includes images and research conducted by Assistant Professor of Ceramics, Jeff Campana.


Part-time Professor of Photography Ruth Dussault is working on a three-year documentary film project visiting remote maker communities that combine ecological primitivism with open source tools to purport a vision of economic equity. Using local resources, they conduct design/build experiments and practice a new type of manufacturing that is agile, hand-crafted and free.

  • The film series Presentism, a short film festival curated by Dusseault, will travel to New Orleans Parse Center for the Arts March 13, 2015.
  • She was also featured in the The Places Journal publication (UC Berkely) with her photography survey of homemade recreational battlefields, “Play War.”
  • She also has a print commission in the current issue of Art Papers.
  • Speaking at the Society for Photographic Education Conference March 14, 2015. This paper considers new art programs emerging from traditional institutes of science and new digital humanities programs in liberal arts.
  • Presenting at the Climate Change in Culture conference in May, 2015. The conference in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, will showcase submissions from scholars from across the humanities, broadly defined, who are dealing with any aspect of climate and climate change in a cultural context.


Assistant Professor of Photography Matt Haffner was included in White Space Gallery’s December, 2015 exhibition. His work was featured in an article by Felicia Feaster in the Atlanta Journal and Constitution. Also, at the very end of the fall 2014 semester, he was awarded CETL’s Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activities Grant for a 5000 mile cross country research road trip.

Matt Haffner also keeps a blog for his photo students with info about exhibition opportunities, calls for proposals, grant opportunities, interesting articles, internships, etc. It also has tons of links to art review web sites, art supply stores, local galleries, art sites for inspiration, and more. He has recently changed it around a bit to serve more all studio art, graphic design, and art history majors.


Daniela Dewendt, Greg Thye, Laura Zerlin and Professor Kristine Hwang

Kristine Hwang’s student group project and her own design works won awards at the 2014 American Graphic Design Awards:

  1. Group Project of The Anatomical Dissection of Type E-book won from Graphic Design USA. Student designers: Daniela DewendtLaura ZerlinEmily SeedGreg Thye, and Taylor White (see more: page 68)
  2. Her SOAAD Spring Festival Promotional Poster won an American Graphic Design Award from Graphic Design USA. (see more: page 185)
  3. Her Logo Design of Sub City won an American Graphic Design Award from Graphic Design USA.


Dan Sachs past events:

  • June: Two-man show at the Aveneri Collection in Marietta
  • July: Group show, “Prowess” at Artevaggio Gallery in Duluth, Georgia
  • August: Group show, “Depiction” at Artevaggio Gallery in Duluth, Georgia
  • September: Group Show, “(Ex) Communicated,” at  Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama
  • November: Nerdacon, Columbus State Univeristy
  • December-January: One-man Show at Studio on the Square, Marietta, Georgia
  • Also had work in the Faculty Show, as well as in the Artist Series at the Zuckerman Museum of Art.
  • His paper comparing the treatment of a common subject in the works of Alfred Thompson Bricher’s A Pensive Moment and Winslow Homer’s The New Novel was accepted for presentation to the Arts in Society International Annual Conference in London in Spring, 2015.
  • He as also had two works accepted at the inaugural exhibition of the Alpha Arts Guild of Alpharetta, Georgia, which opens on January 29th from 4-7 at Avalon in Alpharetta, Georgia. Avalon is located at 2200 Avalon Boulevard, Alpharetta, GA 30009.  The exhibition is going to be hanging in the 5000 hallway whose entrance is located between Fab’rik and Calypso St. Barth.


Dr. Kris Seaman (Art History) shared that the current issue (Vol. 3.1) of the KSU Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity Newsletter features an article about undergraduate research in the Art History program. 


Thus far, Robert Sherer has raised approx. $13,000. toward the $20,000. endowment goal for his LGBT Scholarship Fund. He hopes to bring more attention to the scholarship by making it a designated scholarship on the COTA giving page. 


Deborah Sosower will be exhibiting in the upcoming WonderRoot CSA 05 Season this spring. 


Jeanne Sperry's Graphic Design - Hillside Celebration Hall, Woodstock, GA

Jeanne Sperry, Professor Emeritus from Visual Arts, has a 70 piece installation of her graphic design work that focuses on spirituality on permanent display at Hillside Celebration Hall, Woodstock, GA.


Professors Jeff Campana and Keith Smith participated in the 2014 Georgia High School Ceramic Arts Awards and Symposium. This was a terrific opportunity to recruit future students and show off the skills of our professors. 

Recent Achievements by Alumni of the School of Art and Design

Alumni News

Aaron Artrip, (Visual Arts,printmaking graduate), is Artist in Resident at Red Onion press at the Acworth Cultural Arts Center (ACAC) in Acworth, Georgia. More about Aaron Artrip:



Christopher Neuenschwander, (Visual Arts, printmaking graduate), was invited to be a Visiting Artist at West Georgia University where he conducted and completed a large-scale, collaborative wood cut wheat paste project with the print students and faculty. com/watch?v=3PhNIGhmTEs& 
More About Christopher Neuenschwander:



Joe Remillard is proud of alumna Donna Shiver who is featured in the current issue of International Artist ( Jan./Dec. 2015 pg. 12). Her painting, Rocks and Water, was chosen as a finalist in the periodical’s Landscape Competition. Other winners come from as far away as Australia and Europe. More about Donna Shiver:


Roxanne Thompson, (Visual Arts, printmaking graduate), is employed with Arts Station at Big Shanty as their Arts Coordinator.


News about Alumni from the Art History Program

Lauren Bearden ’13 is a graduate student in Art History at Georgia State University.  At Georgia State, she works as a Graduate Assistant for Professor and Assistant Director Maria Gindhart.  She presented her undergraduate research at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies in Augusta, GA and the 2014 Symposium of Student Scholars at Kennesaw State (“Disassembling the Roman Mosaic: The Roles of Indigenous Peoples in the Roman Mosaic from Ancient Uthina, Tunisia”).  Kennesaw State’s 2014 Undergraduate Research Reception recognized her research.

Monisha Bernard ’13 completed a Certificate in Public History at Kennesaw State in 2014.  She was an intern at Kennesaw State’s Zuckerman Museum of Art, and she helped to curate the traveling exhibition The Tragedy of War: Japanese American Internment for Kennesaw State’s Museum of History and Holocaust Education.  She also presented a paper at the 2014 Symposium of Student Scholars at Kennesaw State (“Mosaics at the Baths of Neptune”).  Kennesaw State’s 2014 Undergraduate Research Reception recognized her research.  During Summer 2014, she worked as a summer camp counselor for Kennesaw State’s College of Continuing and Professional Education.

Mariah Heilpern ’14 won the 2014 Outstanding Art History Senior Award and a 2014 Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Award from the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Kennesaw State.  She also was President of the Kennesaw State Art History Club in 2013-2014.  She presented conference papers at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies in Augusta, GA (“The Mughal Marvel that is the Taj Mahal: Symbolic and Nostalgic Use of Past Tomb Architecture”); the 2014 Collage Colloquium at Agnes Scott College (“Connections”); and the 2014 Symposium of Student Scholars at Kennesaw State.  Her research was recognized at Kennesaw State’s 2014 Undergraduate Research Reception, and she spoke about it at a College of the Arts Social as well.  Following graduation, she started work as Gallery Manager at the ZuCot Gallery in Atlanta.

Judith Murphy ’12 is a graduate student in Public History with Museum Certification at the University of West Georgia.  She is working on an MA project for the Georgia Department of Transportation on Woodland through Mississippian era Native Americans at the site of Long Swamp in the Etowah Valley.  She also is designing an exhibit on Georgian music from the pre-recorded era for the Atlanta History Center.

KSU African American Theatre presents Wilson's People 12/9, 12:30 and 2 p.m.


The African-American Theatre and Performance class will be showcasing select August Wilson monologues as a culminating presentation for their class.  Please join them at either 12:30 pm or 2:00 pm on Tuesday, December 9 in the Onyx Theater.  Presentations are approximately 35 minutes. FREE and open to the public.

Begin your holiday season with the Choral Holiday Concert, Dec. 4, 8 p.m.


Start your holiday season off right with a special Kennesaw State University School of Music concert of choral holiday music. You’ll hear some very special holiday sounds from both KSU Men’s Ensemble and KSU Chamber Singers (under the direction of Dr. Leslie Blackwell, Associate Professor of Music and Music Education) and also featuring the KSU Women’s Chorus and KSU Chorale (under the direction of Dr. Alison Mann, Associate Professor of Choral Music Education)—all in one glorious evening.

The concert will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. in Morgan Hall at the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center at Kennesaw State University. Tickets are $9 to $12 and may be purchased here or by calling the box office at 470-578-6650.

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