Arts & Humanities

FSU dance professor among organizations to benefit from MacKenzie Scott donations

Urban Bush Women (UBW), founded by Florida State University School of Dance Professor Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, received a $3 million gift from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott — the largest monetary award in the company’s history. The gift is one of 286 high-impact contributions from Scott given to organizations and communities that have been historically underfunded and part of a $2.7 billion in donations. “There have been numerous studies from different sectors of the arts field that have […]

FSU’s Opening Nights announces 2021-2022 season lineup

Opening Nights at Florida State will be presenting 29 live performances this fall, bringing a full season of world-class talent back to campus. “We are thrilled to be back on FSU’s campus and at full capacity in our venues,” said Michael Blachly, director of Opening Nights. “Patrons will see a mix of new and familiar artists that will also participate in Opening Nights in Class, an in-person […]

FSU art professor installs sculpture to promote living shoreline creation and oyster habitat restoration 

A Florida State University art professor has created a 10,000-square-foot sculpture on a sandbar in the Newport River in North Carolina that will attract oyster larvae and ultimately transform into an oyster reef. Professor of Art Carolyn Henne created “Sea Stars,” a sculpture made of biodegradable materials that will become a vibrant living oyster reef […]

Magic of art and science: Boys and Girls Club experience robots, polysonic wind tunnel

More than 30 members of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Big Bend got a behind-the-scenes tour of unique facilities at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering as part of a partnership between Prime Meridian Bank, FSU’s Opening Nights and the college. The middle and high school students toured a polysonic wind tunnel and robotics labs at the college’s […]

FSU School of Theatre ranked among the Top 25 College Drama Programs by The Hollywood Reporter

The Florida State University School of Theatre graduate acting program has been recognized as one of the Top 25 Best College Drama Programs around the world by The Hollywood Reporter, a well-established online trade journal. The list is compiled through surveys of academic professionals, graduates of drama programs and industry professionals. “It is wonderful to see the School of Theatre alongside other nationally and […]

Leon County Schools visual arts teacher receives Opening Nights at Florida State Arts Advocate Award

Opening Nights at Florida State University has selected Sally Ash, a visual arts teacher at Woodville School, as its 2021 Arts Advocate Award recipient. This award recognizes a professional educator who demonstrates exemplary work with the arts by leveraging local arts resources. “Ms. Ash is most deserving of the 2021 Arts Advocate Award,” said Michael Blachly, director of Opening […]

FSU art professor to replicate Notre Dame Cathedral truss as historical teaching opportunity

In April 2019, the Notre Dame Cathedral was engulfed in flames in a historic event seen worldwide that resulted in a near-total loss of the iconic French landmark. “Doing this type of hands-on research into historical objects is not about recreating it for the sake of reenactment,” Duarte said. “It is about developing real attention […]

FSU art professor’s latest project targets sustainability and anxiety caused by hurricanes

The onset of a massive hurricane can cause environmental damage, threats to sustainability and even psychological suffering. A Florida State University art professor is tackling two of these detrimental effects in one project by producing a Hurricane Emergency Art Kit. Professor Holly Hanessian recently unveiled the kit at a public event held at the FSU Museum of Fine Arts. The project has received support from both the […]

Ancient coins discovered by FSU team on view now in Italian exhibition

A treasure trove of ancient Roman silver coins discovered by a team from Florida State University is now on display to the public for the first time in Italy. “Treasure of Chianti” is on view now through Sept. 3 at the Museum of Santa Maria della Scala in Siena, Italy. The exhibit features 194 silver coins unearthed […]

FSU College of Music celebrates 80 years of summer music camps 

Florida State University’s College of Music will host its 80th year of music camps this summer, one of the country’s oldest and largest summer music camp programs. “For 80 years, the FSU Summer Music Camps program has been an important tradition that encourages students to visit our beautiful campus while working with world-class music educators,” said Todd Queen, dean of the College of Music. “It is no surprise that the majority of students […]

FSU Dance professor receives two grants to support archive of performance history at the New York Public Library

Donna Uchizono, an associate professor at Florida State University’s School of Dance, has earned a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant and an FSU Planning grant to support the archive and preservation of her continuing body of work. Through her company, Donna Uchizono Company (DUC), Uchizono will use the funding for the labor and […]

FSU English professor receives prestigious Mellon Foundation fellowship

A Florida State University English professor has been awarded a fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Assistant Professor Frances Tran will receive a Career Enhancement Fellowship administered by the Institute for Citizens & Scholars and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Her fellowship term runs from June 1 through Dec. 31. Tran, who came […]