Arts & Humanities

FSU’s School of Dance and Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography among best in the nation

Florida State University’s School of Dance and Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) have been nationally recognized by College Magazine for their top-notch dance and choreography programs. College Magazine ranked Florida State No. 6 on the list of The 10 Best Schools for Dance in 2019 and No. 4 on the list of The […]

Two FSU alumni team up on film shown at Sundance Film Festival

Two Florida State University graduates are attending the renowned Sundance Film Festival, the largest showcase of independent films in the country, to participate in the premiere of a film they both worked on. Film editor Joy Elaine Davenport and videographer Pablo Correa, both graduates of FSU’s School of Communication, collaborated on the film “I Snuck […]

FSU’s interior architecture and design program among nation’s best

Florida State University’s Department of Interior Architecture and Design climbed in the national rankings published by DesignIntelligence, which ranks programs based on reviews from professionals in the field, architecture and design deans, program chairs, department heads, students and graduates. This year, FSU’s program ranked No. 5 nationally, and No. 2 among public universities, on a […]

FSU film student wins national award for documentary on ‘bionic woman’

A Florida State University film student has won a prestigious award from the Television Academy Foundation for his documentary about a Florida woman who lives with a bionic arm and considers herself a human cyborg. Chris Violette, a junior in the College of Motion Picture Arts, was named the winner of the Loreen Arbus Focus […]

FSU graduate Barry Jenkins earns another Oscar nomination

Florida State University film school phenom and Academy Award winner Barry Jenkins has earned his third Oscar nomination. When the 2019 Academy Award nominations were announced today, the movie director and screenwriter received a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for his film “If Beale Street Could Talk.” Jenkins adapted the screenplay from the 1974 novel […]

FSU’s medical music therapy for vulnerable babies to expand

Critically ill babies fighting for their lives will now benefit from the services of Florida State University’s world-renowned Medical Music Therapy program even after they leave the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit. Expanded music therapy services start this month thanks to funding provided by an FSU Dance Marathon grant to FSU’s College of Medicine Neonatal […]

FSU alum makes ‘thrilling debut’ at world-renowned opera house

Florida State University alumnus Alexander Birch Elliott will not forget a chaotic, but thrilling, evening last month when he was unexpectedly thrust into the bright spotlight of the nation’s premier opera house. Elliott, a talented baritone who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from FSU, had been hired as the understudy for a lead […]

FSU art professor to be featured in prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation exhibit

Florida State University Professor of Art Lilian Garcia-Roig is one of the 25 artists in the nation who will be featured by the Joan Mitchell Foundation as part of the organization’s 25th anniversary celebration. In 2006, Garcia-Roig won a Joan Mitchell Award — one of the premier national honors bestowed in the visual arts — along with a $25,000 grant […]

‘Silent Night’ still making a joyful noise on 200th birthday

“Silent night, holy night. All is calm, all is bright…” The words of “Silent Night,” written by a young Catholic priest in war-ravaged Austria in 1816, and their accompanying melody composed two years later by a schoolteacher, have resonated with people across cultures worldwide ever since they were first sung on Christmas Eve in a […]

Two-time Florida State alumnus selected as new College of Fine Arts dean

Two-time Florida State University alumnus James Frazier has been appointed as the new dean of the College of Fine Arts, effective June 17, 2019. Frazier, who earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Florida State, has served on the faculty of the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Arts Department of Dance and Choreography since […]

FSU honors WWII filmmaker with Student Veteran Torchlight Award for Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking

Florida State University’s College of Motion Picture Arts Torchlight Program kicked off Veterans Day weekend by commemorating the 75th anniversary of World War II with a screening of the famed 1944 documentary “The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress” Friday, Nov. 9, at Ruby Diamond Concert Hall.  The documentary by renowned Hollywood filmmaker William Wyler takes audiences aboard the final mission […]

MANCC Choreographic Fellow Okwui Okpokwasili named recipient of 2018 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship

A two-time choreographic fellow of Florida State University’s Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) has received a prestigious 2018 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. Okwui Okpokwasili — a performer, choreographer and writer — is one of 25 winners of this year’s MacArthur fellowship, awarded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The program awards unrestricted fellowships of […]