College of Fine Arts

FSU, Florida Department of Corrections expand Art Therapy in Prisons program

A Florida State University program that provides art therapy to adult inmates with special needs has undergone a major expansion through a renewed contract with the Florida Department of Corrections. Since January 2020, a groundbreaking partnership between FSU’s Art Therapy Program and the Florida DOC has provided young adult inmates with special needs and obstacles the opportunity to earn their General Education […]

The Big Story: October 4, 2021

Florida State University’s Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, a professor at FSU’s School of Dance and founder of Urban Bush Women (UBW), has received the 2021 MacArthur Fellowship — also known as the “genius grant” — for using the power of dance and artistic expression to celebrate the voices of Black women and promote civic engagement and community organizing. Read more…

Pure ‘genius’: FSU Dance’s Jawole Willa Jo Zollar named 2021 MacArthur Fellow

Florida State University’s Jawole Willa Jo Zollar has received the 2021 MacArthur Fellowship — also known as the “genius grant” — for using the power of dance and artistic expression to celebrate the voices of Black women and promote civic engagement and community organizing. Zollar, a professor at FSU’s School of Dance and founder of […]

Emma Davis

For as long as Emma Davis can remember, she wanted to go to Florida State University.    “When I came to FSU in high school to interview for the Presidential Scholars Program, it confirmed this was a place where I could spend four years learning and growing — not just as a student, but as an […]

FSU/Asolo Conservatory director to retire after 17-year tenure

Greg Leaming, director of the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training program and associate director of the Asolo Repertory Theatre, will retire at the conclusion of the academic year after 17 years of teaching, directing and leading the MFA Acting Program at Florida State University’s School of Theatre. “Working with the FSU/Asolo Conservatory and Asolo Repertory […]

Interior Architecture and Design professor and chair receives national award for work with shelters, transitional housing

Florida State University’s Jill Pable, professor and chair in the Department of Interior Architecture and Design, has received the 2021 Design Luminary Award from the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) as part of the association’s National Awards and ASID Fellows programs. The award recognizes Pable’s research on designing healthy spaces that serve homeless people, such as shelters, permanent supportive and transitional housing types. “It is a distinct honor to be […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Matthew Forrest

Like so many of us, Tallahassee native Matthew Forrest was unclear about his career goals when he first came to Florida State University. After one semester, he left school and began to work full-time, eventually earning an associate degree in graphic design. Ten years later, he is completing his BFA in studio art within the College of Fine Arts. “As a […]

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 […]