Arts & Humanities

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 […]

FSU’s Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies: An international leader in the field

Since its founding in 2001, Florida State University’s Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies has established itself as an international hub for academics, students and Francophiles dedicated to the study and preservation of French-speaking cultures around the world. Over 18 years, the Winthrop-King Institute, housed in FSU’s Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics, […]

Student-curated art exhibit honors Native American heritage and basketry

Florida State University’s Museum of Fine Arts and the Department of Art History will present “Interwoven: An Exploration of Native American Basketry” in recognition of Native American Heritage Month this November. The exhibit explores the art, history and culture of Native American basket weaving, featuring works from the Mary Douglas Lewis North American basket collection housed at the Florida […]

FSU College of Motion Picture Arts Torchlight Program to present iconic World War II documentary

Event to Recognize Veterans Day and the 75th Anniversary of World War II  Florida State University’s College of Motion Picture Arts Torchlight Program will present the newly restored high-definition 4k version of “The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress,” as well as a special presentation in celebration of Veterans Day and the 75th […]

FSU School of Dance to present transformative works during annual ‘An Evening of Dance’

The Florida State University School of Dance will present “An Evening of Dance,” highlighting the broad scope of choreographic exploration and breadth of performance capabilities of the students and faculty. Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, and Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre in Montgomery Hall, located […]

FSU students produce documentary on endangered river system

A powerful new film produced by Florida State University students, spotlighting a critically endangered river system near Tallahassee, premieres at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at FSU’s Student Life Cinema. The one-hour documentary, “Stories from the Apalachicola: An Endangered River,” focuses on impacts of a decades-old battle over water between Florida, Georgia and Alabama. The […]

FSU film student wins prestigious Student Academy Award

And the Student Academy Award goes to… Shae Demandt! The Florida State University junior, an animation and digital arts major in the College of Motion Picture Arts, earned congratulations and recognition as she received the award at an Oct. 11 ceremony in the famed Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills. Demandt was one of only […]