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

School of Art and Design 2014 Spring Festival

Kennesaw State University’s College of the Arts celebrates the arts with a Spring Arts Festival on Saturday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival, which is open to the public, will feature various styles of music, dance and art.

Professors from the College of the Arts will lead activities that include two dozen demonstrations and workshops on painting and drawing, 3D printing, basic digital painting and Raku ceramics firing. Some of the exciting events include an iron pour and thePrint BIG! Demonstration. Held in conjunction with the Atlanta Printmaker’s Studio, Print BIG! uses steamrollers to make jumbo relief prints.

There will also be a photo booth, a session on Ebru watercolor marbling, and a pin-up art show from area high school students. Art lovers may also create a unique “Build a Brain” sculpture at the Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art. For the more adventuresome types, the event will feature a scavenger hunt through the campus museum collections.

“This is a great opportunity for the public to learn more about the School of Art and Design, to experience different types of art, and to make your own art,” said Geo Sipp, director of the School of Art and Design.

The KSU Dance Festival will perform in KSU’s Stillwell Theater at 6 p.m. on Saturday with a repeat performance at 6 p.m. on Sunday. The School of Music will present an Opera Gala in the Bailey Performance Center at 8 p.m. on Saturday.

All activities are free except for the $5 scratch block molds used for the iron pour and the $10 admission to the KSU Dance Festival at KSU’s Stillwell Theater. T-shirts, food and fundraising items will be available for purchase, and free parking will be available in the Central Parking Deck. For more information, including the complete schedule, please click here.

Summer Arts Intensive for high school students: June 1-5, 2015


Welcome to the College of the Arts’ Summer Arts Intensive! These one-week, non-residential programs are perfect for young artists who are serious about honing 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 at KSU!

Kennesaw State University College of the Arts offers summer art programs designed to provide you with an unparalleled arts experience. Spend the week learning with our nationally recognized faculty, make new friends and sample college life. At the end of the week, you will showcase your achievements to your friends and family during final performances and exhibitions. We offer summer arts intensives in: Acting, Art and Design, Dance, Music, and Musical Theatre. To learn more about our summer art programs for metro Atlanta high school students, please click here

Already know which summer arts program you want? Click here to register. Registration deadline is May 15, 2015.

KSU Dance Festival April 17-19


The KSU Department of Dance will host the second annual KSU Dance Festival on April 17-19th, 2015. Tickets for the Saturday and Sunday evening performances may be purchased here.

The Festival, open to high school-age students from areas schools and dance studios, will feature master classes taught by KSU faculty and guest artists, adjudicated performances, teacher workshops, and professional performances.

A panel of national adjudicators will select one work for festival recognition, based on artistic and technical merit. To learn more about the festival, please click here.   

UR Radnocular: April 17, 12:30 p.m., WB 119


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

Mark your calendars for the next event featuring the School of Music on Friday April 17 at 12:30 p.m. in WB119.

Speakers for this event include:
Doug Lindsey on studio work and trumpet pedagogy
Jana Young on recital program research
Ed Eanes’ students on historical research
Jeff Yunek and Russian music
Harry Price on virtual reality

Two more events in September and October will finish the series, followed by a COTA Undergraduate Research Symposium in early November, 2015.

COTA U.R. Radnocular from Kennesaw State on Vimeo

Senior Art Exhibitions III and IV


Spring Capstone Exhibition III:
Zuckerman Museum of Art | Fine Arts Gallery | Joe Mack Wilson Building

Opening Reception: April 1, 2015 | 5-8pm

March 31-April 18, 2015
Lauren Bishop
Lydia Day
Maggie Dunn
Tara Hemelgarn
Justin Knight
Manami Lingerfelt
Christopher McDoniel
Corey Singletary

Spring Capstone Exhibition IV:
Zuckerman Museum of Art | Fine Arts Gallery | Joe Mack Wilson Building

Opening Reception: April 22, 2015 | 5-8pm

April 21-May 2, 2015
Leah Clemons
Brad Dalton
Keenan Guyton
Felicia Ibrahimi
Cody King
Annette Lucov
Sydney Privitera
Rainey Rawles

Dance critic Elizabeth Zimmer to visit Kennesaw State University Department of Dance


A Conversation with Elizabeth Zimmer: Dance Writing in a Digital Age
Dance critic offers insights, tips, and advice on how to write for dance

Kennesaw, GA (Mar. 26, 2015)––Kennesaw State University’s Departmentof Dance will host dance critic Elizabeth Zimmer in a conversation on writing about dance in the digital age. In partnership with online arts publication, The Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University, and Kennesaw State University Department of Dance, the acclaimed New York writer will lead the discussion on Thursday, April 16 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.; a reception will follow. The event will be held in the lobby of the Rialto.

The lounge-type conversation will focus on questions andobservations about writing for dance in today’s digital world. Zimmer, a writer and critic for The Village Voice and New York Live Arts, said, “We will pay attention to the relationship between writing and dance, and contemplate ways to engage the public with an art form that is evanescent, sometimes mysterious, and similarly endangered.”

Ivan Pulinkala, Chair of the Department of Dance, said, “I am grateful to Catherine Fox at and Leslie Gordon at the Rialto at GSU for collaborating with us to share Elizabeth’s expertise with the Atlanta dance community by way of this public conversation.”

“This public conversation will foster a discourse about dance writing and its critical value to the success of all presenting organizations like the Rialto,” said Leslie Gordon at the Rialto at GSU.

The evening’s discussion will address the state of criticism and its synergistic relationship with education and performance. Fox said, “It should interest those who practice or enjoy any form of art.”


About Elizabeth Zimmer: Elizabeth Zimmer writes about dance, theater, and books for The Village Voice, Dance Studio Life and other publications, edits manuscripts for dance authors and others, and teaches writing at Hollins University, among other places. She served as dance editor of The Village Voice from 1992 until 2006, and reviewed ballet for the Philadelphia Inquirer from 1997 through 2005. She holds a B.A. in Literature from Bennington College and an M.A. in English from SUNY Stony Brook, and has studied many forms of dance, especially contact improvisation with its founders.

About ArtsATL: ArtsATL, an online publication, provides comprehensive coverage of the arts in metro Atlanta. A pioneer in digital, non-profit arts journalism, ArtsATL seeks to educate and inform readers and to provide a bridge between the local art scene and its potential patrons.

About The Rialto Center for the Arts: The Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University is home to the Rialto Series, featuring the best of national and international jazz, world music and dance; and Georgia State’s School of Music performances; as well as the downtown go-to venue for other arts organizations’ performances, visiting companies and independent film screenings.

School of Music Announces 2015-16 Season Subscription Packages


Click here to purchase your 2015-16 subscription package.

The School of Music is pleased to announce two subscription packages available to our patrons for the 2015-16 season. Purchasing a subscription package is the best way to enjoy a full season of exciting programming at the best price for the best seats, plus additional benefits throughout the season.

Signature Series Subscription Package - $250 BUY NOW
Includes performances by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and The Atlanta Opera, plus the School of Music Collage Concert and the Proctor Scholarship Concert.

School of Music Subscription Package - $120 BUY NOW
Includes the School of Music Collage Concert and the Proctor Scholarship Concert, plus four additional School of Music concerts of your choice.

Subscriber Benefits:
In addition to receiving a full season of exciting programming at the best price for the best seats, subscribers also receive these exclusive benefits throughout the season:
• Exclusive, early access to purchase tickets and access to our best seats until June 30, 2015
• Unlimited ticket exchanges for events that you are unable to attend
• Special subscriber discount on additional tickets purchased for any School of Music event
• Exclusive opportunity to purchase advance tickets for special performances and events announced throughout the season
• Invitation to special subscriber events, including artist interactions such as master classes, lectures, and meet and greets
• Receive “buddy pass” ticket(s) to bring guest(s) to a concert of your choice

To purchase a subscription package, click here. If you have any questions or would like to order your subscription package over the phone, please call the College of the Arts Box Office at 470-578-6650.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Kennesaw State Formalize Partnership for 2015-2016 Season

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Partnership will include on-campus performances, master classes by Atlanta Symphony and guest artists

Kennesaw, GA (Mar. 20, 2015)––Kennesaw State University’s School of Music and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) have formalized an ongoing partnership for the 2015-16 season, which will include on-campus performances and master classes by the Atlanta Symphony and guest artists, plus additional activities to be announced. The two organizations have worked together to present ASO concerts at KSU since 2014, but the recently signed letter of intent to formalize the agreement marks a major step towards affirming their mutual interests in music performance, education and outreach.

“The School of Music is thrilled to once again bring the world-renowned Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to our campus,” said Michael Alexander, Interim Director of the School of Music. “This is a mutually beneficial collaboration between our organizations, and we are thrilled to continue these worthwhile educational endeavors.”

As they did during the 2014-15 season, the ASO will perform three classical concerts in Morgan Hall during the School of Music’s 2015-16 season. New for the upcoming season will be the addition of a Holiday POPS! concert in December.

In addition to these performances, musicians of the ASO and guest artists will visit KSU to conduct master classes with students. Similar visits in the past have included a three-day residency with music director Robert Spano and master classes by acclaimed violinist Midori and guitarist Miloš Karadaglić. Additional initiatives will include the continuation of KSU student participation in ASO outreach performances, collaborations with the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra and connections between KSU Music Education students and the ASO’s own educational efforts.

“Music education is a fundamental element of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s mission and we are excited to strenghen our partnership with Kennesaw State University,” said Terry Neal, Interim President and CEO, The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. “Programs like these build the broader culture of music in the community and foster a greater love and appreciation for classical music.”

Patty Poulter, Dean of the College of the Arts, said, “Engaged collaborations with world-class artists and arts organizations inspire us, and the opportunity for our students to learn from the professionals of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is invaluable.”

For more information about the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, please visit

Music of Resistance and Survival: Holocaust Remembrance Concert 3/23 at The Temple


FREE with registration.  Click here to register.

Kennesaw State University’s School of Music will present “Music of Resistance and Survival: A Holocaust Remembrance Concert” on Monday, Mar. 23, at The Temple in Atlanta. The free musical program will include partisan,ghetto, and concentration camp songs, piano trios by Mendelssohn and Korngold, and the “Sonata for Cello and Piano­­–Mir zaynen do!” a new work written by Laurence Sherr, composer-in-residence at Kennesaw State, and inspired by poetry and music of the times.

Sherr said, “There is a compelling story associated with each composer/work. With the performance of these works, and with our spoken and written words about them, we plan to communicate these overlapping stories as an affirmation of resistance and survival, of bringing to life––and to light––music and a culture that was slated for extermination.”

For example, Austrian Jewish composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold was fortuitously in Hollywood preparing his Academy Award-winning score for “Robin Hood” at the time of the 1938 Anschluss. Poet Hersh Glik wrote his poetry of resistance in the Vilna ghetto. His “Zog Nit Keynmol,” written after he received news of the Warsaw ghetto uprising, spread to ghettos and camps throughout Europe, and is still heard today at contemporary remembrance events. His poetry survived, even though he did not.

Czech Jewish poet Ilse Weber’s beautiful lullaby “Wiegala” was created while she was captive in the Theresienstadt ghetto/camp. She and her son were deported to Auschwitz, where they perished.

These stories and others will be honored with performances by the Summit Piano Trio, including Charae Kreuger, cello; Robert Henry, piano, and Helen Kim, violin. Cantors Deborah Hartman and Nancy Kassel and pianist Judy Cole will also perform as they bring the music and culture to life.

The Holocaust Remembrance Concert is the final concert of the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival. Russell Gottschalk, director of the Festival, said, “The Atlanta Jewish Music Festival is thrilled to include the Holocaust Remembrance Concert as part of our 6th Annual Spring Festival. We are proud to present all types of Jewish music from all genres, from all across the world, and this concert will be a fantastic finale to our Festival.”

Two exhibits will be presented: “Never Forget: An Introduction to the Holocaust,” and “Georgia’s Response to the Holocaust.” An educational event for middle and high school students is also planned for the morning. Led by the Kennesaw State School of Music, the event is produced by The Temple, Georgia Commission on the Holocaust, Kennesaw State Museum of History and Holocaust Education, and the Breman Museum

The exhibits open at 7 p.m., the concert begins at 8 p.m. and a small reception will follow. The event is free with registration. Click here to register or call 470-578-3214.

Photo: Yehuda Bielski, far right, 1937, later led partisan fighters. Credit: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Yehuda and Lola Bell; Collection Leslie Bell.

First Annual Dance on the Green Has Record Turnout


The KSU Department of Dance held the first ever University-wide Dance on the Green on Wednesday, April 1st, and over 100 people danced on the Green on the picture-perfect day. Designed for the entire KSU community, Dance on the Green featured Dance faculty members teaching simple, easy-to-learn, fun dances. Professor Gwirtzman of the Department of Dance said, “Dance can play a part in your life. It’s interactive, accessible, and fun..and anyone may learn.”


ARED presentation at the Georgia Research on Teaching and Learning Summit


Students and faculty from The School of Art and Design’s Art Research and Education program (ARED) recently presented on the Geometric Aljamia project at the Georgia Research on Teaching and Learning Summit. ARED Undergraduate students Meg Bolton and Jocelyn Rease joined Dr. Sandra Bird, Professor of Art Education, for a descriptive account of the extended service learning project taught at Pine Mountain Middle School in Fall 2014. One of the participants, Dr. Mary Garner, Professor of Math Education, playing a matching game based on niche designs from the Sultan Qaboos Mosque in Muscat, Oman.

Below, Dr. Mary Garner and her matching game based on designs from Oman.

Mary Garner

Below, students Jocelyn Rease (left) and Meg Bolton (right) present at the Georgia Research on Teaching and Learning Summit.

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Below, Dr. Sandra Bird confers with student Jocelyn Rease.

1. Sandra and Jocelyn

George Bernard Shaw's Arms and the Man: March 17-22 at the Stillwell Theater


Don’t miss “Arms and the Man” by George Bernard Shaw, and directed by Harrison Long, March 17-22 at the Stillwell Theater at 8 p.m. with a matinee on Sunday at 2 p.m. Captain Bluntschli, a Swiss mercenary on the run, sneaks into a young woman’s boudoir. Not to worry: this unlikely hero has shed his weapons in favor of chocolate creams. One of Shaw’s most popular romantic comedies, this play has never seemed more relevant, nor more hilarious.

Tickets are $5 to $20 and may be purchased here.


UR RADNOCULAR: April 17, 12:30 p.m., WB119


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

Mark your calendars for the next event: School of Music RADNOCULAR on Friday April 17 at 12:30. Two more events in September and October will finish the series, followed by a COTA Undergraduate Research Symposium in early November, 2015.

“RADNOCULAR: The Sampler,” was held on Friday February 13. Each of the four COTA units presented six minutes of a significant undergraduate research project. RADNOCULAR: The Sampler featured: • “Cultivating Creativity in the Trumpet Studio” by Doug Lindsey and a student • “Zuckerman Art Studies in Choreography” cross-disciplinary project by Daniel Gwirtzman and students • “Origins” by students Maggie Dunn, Lydia Day, and Professor Don Robson • “Two Trees Far Apart” by Charlie Parrott and student(s). The March 13 Radnocular featured presenters from the School of Art and Design.

COTA U.R. Radnocular from Kennesaw State on Vimeo.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Performs at Kennesaw State on March 20, 8 p.m.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

As part of the 2014-15 Signature Series, the School of Music is proud to welcome the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to Morgan Hall for the last of three performance at KSU this season. Joining the ASO will be classical guitarist Miloš Karadaglić and guest conductor Jacomo Rafael Bairos.

With his electrifying performance style, Miloš and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will perform Rodrigo’s second concerto for guitar and orchestra, originally written for the grand master of classical guitar himself, Segovia. Guest conductor Jacomo Bairos leads the Orchestra in two homages to art: Mussorgsky’s piece inspired by the art created by his dear friend Viktor Hartmann, and Falla’s love letter to Spanish music.


Falla: Three-Cornered Hat Suite No. 2

Rodrigo: Fantasía para un gentilhombre

Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures At an Exhibition

To purchase tickets, click here.

Opera star Sherrill Milnes visits Kennesaw State for lecture and master class


World-renowned opera performer Sherrill Milnes visited Kennesaw State University on Friday, February 27, 2015 for a public lecture presentation and a master class with KSU School of Music vocal students. This exciting opportunity was possible due to the School of Music’s ongoing partnership with The Atlanta Opera, a goal of which is to bring world-class talent to campus to interact with current music students in educational and performance settings.

In his public lecture presentation, Milnes shared insights into his life and extensive career. Following the lecture presentation was be a master class for students. Milnes instructed vocal students on a piece of prepared repertoire to improve technique, expression, and other aspects of operatic performance. Milnes’s appearance is part of The Atlanta Opera’s celebration of 35 years of live performances. The Atlanta Opera opened its inaugural season at the Fox Theatre on March 14, 1980 with the first of two performances of The Seagull, by Thomas Pasatieri and based on Anton Chekhov’s 1896 play of the same name. Milnes closed the season with a recital that included some of his most famous work.

Widely regarded as being the foremost operatic baritone of his generation, Milnes is the most recorded American opera singer of his time. He boasts a repertoire of over 70 operas with a distinct performance style marked by his powerful voice, commanding stage presence, and rugged handsomeness. He has performed on the world’s most prestigious stages including performances with the major American and European orchestras and has also performed for the past six U.S. presidents.

In addition to his vast on-stage experience, Milnes has also devoted extensive time to teaching and working with young singers. His academic experience includes 14 years on the Yale School of Music faculty and frequent master classes. He founded the Sherrill Milnes VOICExperience, a non-profit foundation designed to train and mentor young singers through concerts, fully staged operas, educational presentations, and community outreach.

About The Atlanta Opera: Founded in 1979, The Atlanta Opera is one of the finest regional opera companies in the nation. By producing live, mainstage performances of the highest quality and impactful community engagement experiences, The Atlanta Opera enriches lives through the power of opera. The Opera strives to attract the finest international, national, and regional singers, conductors, stage directors, and designers. Each season, The Atlanta Opera presents three productions at the Cobb Energy Centre, drawing audiences from the entire metropolitan Atlanta area as well as from the Southeast region.

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Internationally-acclaimed Violinist Midori Visits Kennesaw State


Internationally-acclaimed violinist Midori visited the Kennesaw State University School of Music today to give a master class for School of Music students. Today’s master class featured three current undergraduate violin students who prepared pieces of standard repertoire and received instruction and demonstration from Midori on how to improve their performance. Widely regarded as one of today’s greatest violinists, Midori gave her debut performance with the New York Philharmonic at the age of 11 and has since developed an extraordinary career as performer, educator, and community engagement activist. Midori is currently visiting Atlanta for a series of concerts with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on February 19 and 21. This exciting opportunity is possible due to an ongoing partnership with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, a goal of which is to bring world-class talent to campus to interact with current music students in educational and performance settings.

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New Works and Ideas: Lewis & Clark, The Scarlet Letter, and Once Upon a Time, March 2-7.


Join us for an amazing week of Theatre and Performance Studies at Kennesaw State!

Start off with “Lewis and Clark: the Road to the Pacific” at the Stillwell Theatre March 2-3, at 8 p.m. This FREE production is by Sean Daniels, Matt Horgan, and Tim Stoltenberg, with music by David Keeton and is directed by Jamie Bullins. Follow Lewis and Clark and Sacagawea as they cheat, swindle, lie, and sing their way along the rip-roaring Road to the Pacific! A staged reading. 

Next, enjoy “The Scarlet Letter” at the Onyx Theater March 4-6 at 8 p.m. Tickets are only $5 and allow you to enjoy this famous story by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Adapted and directed by John Gentile, this staged reading of a new adaption of Hawthorne’s tells the classic story of love, shame, and redemption. 

Finally, the 6th Annual Ten Minute Play Festival’s “Once Upon a Time” (March 7, 8 p.m.) features an evening of wicked humor and luminous darkness featuring new 10-minute plays inspired by fairy tales. Written by KSU Students, and directed by KSU faculty, and alumni, “Once Upon a Time” is coordinated by Margaret Baldwin.


KSU School of Music 9th annual Collage Concert Raises over $30K


Kennesaw State University School of Music presented 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.

We are thrilled to announce that the Collage Concert raised over $30,000 for student scholarships, thanks to all of our patrons, supporters, and donors.

 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  featured two shows on Saturday, February 7 at 5 and 8 p.m.  

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.

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

 Benefactor Level
Ellis and Betty J. Malone

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 recently hosted internationally renowned director, choreographer, video, and installation artist Ping Chong for a five-day residency from February 10-14, 2015.

On February 10th, Chong presented a talk about his work entitled “All Islands Connect Underwater.” From February 11-14th, he worked with an ensemble of 23 theatre and performance studies students to devise original performance work. An informal presentation of their work-in-progress took place on Saturday, February 14th 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

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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”).