College of Fine Arts

FSU Dance Professor receives prestigious grant from Ford Foundation

The Urban Bush Women (UBW), founded by Florida State University’s School of Dance Professor Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, will receive a seven-figure award from the Ford Foundation as part of an initiative to recognize Black, Latinx, Asian and Indigenous arts organizations negatively impacted by COVID-19. “This major honor comes at an important time when the […]

Art professor creates historical archive of Gadsden County agriculture community

Florida State University Department of Art Professor Holly Hanessian is helping connect art with the agricultural history of Gadsden County. Hanessian, a ceramics artist, recently worked alongside interdisciplinary artist and designer and FSU alumnus Michael Austin Diaz to create “New Histories: Gadsden Farm Project.” The mixed media exhibit is part of a larger project collaborating […]

FSU sets school record with nine Fulbright Scholars

Nine Florida State University faculty members have been selected as U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program award recipients, setting a new FSU record for most Fulbright Scholars in one year. These individuals plan to teach and conduct research as part of opportunities funded by the U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program during the 2020-2021 school year. Marcia A. Mardis, professor and associate dean for research in the College of Communication […]

FSU Art History doctoral student among first to join next generation of ‘Monuments Men and Women’

The Smithsonian Institution and the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (USACAPOC) have recently partnered to create a historical new team of individuals who will serve as the 21st-century force of Monuments Men and Women. Florida State University Art History doctoral student and U.S. Army Reserves Captain Sonia Dixon is among the first […]

FSU programs earn recognition from Princeton Review

Some of Florida State University’s key programs have earned recognition in the latest edition of the Princeton Review’s lists and rankings. The Career Center is ranked as one of the Top 20 Best University Career Services in the nation, while the University Counseling Center is ranked as one of the Top 20 Best University Counseling […]

Art educators develop K-12 arts enrichment website

As Florida State University art educators transitioned to online teaching this summer, some used the opportunity to provide K-12 children with opportunities to foster creativity and connect through art activities.  Department of Art Education Associate Professor and Chair Sara Scott Shields reimagined her Theory and Practice II course to focus on the development of a website geared toward students and teachers in the K-12 community. The website, created by FSU students, consists of a collection of online art activities and live classes.   “This kind of novel […]

Art History professor receives National Endowment for the Humanities grant

Florida State University art history professor Michael D. Carrasco has received a $249,850 Collaborative Research Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). This funding will allow Carrasco, associate professor of Visual Cultures of the Americas and Cultural Heritage Studies, and colleague Joshua D. Englehardt to expand the documentation of Formative Period sculpture and […]

FSU Art Therapy research team awarded NEA grant to study mental health

A research team from Florida State University’s Art Therapy Program has received a $99,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to study using the arts as a proactive mental health strategy for Generation Z, individuals who were born between 1995 and 2015. The team, led by Theresa Van Lith, an associate professor in art therapy, will build on their previous research to identify […]

FSU School of Theatre professor directs worldwide virtual experience 

The performing arts have debatably been one of the hardest hit industries during the COVID-19 pandemic. Faced with many more questions than answers, now is the time for creative exploration and collaboration.  Chari Arespacochaga, an assistant professor of performance at Florida State University’s School of Theatre, is part of a group that recently brought live-immersive theatre to a global audience online through a series of short Zoom-based experiences.   Arespacochaga is one of six directors who worked with PopUP Theatrics and the Juggerknot Theatre Company to create a one-of-a-kind interactive and […]

FSU doctoral student receives prestigious American art history fellowship  

A Florida State University doctoral candidate is the recipient of the Luce/ACLS Ellen Holtzman Dissertation Fellowship in American Art for the 2020–2021 academic year.  Mallory Nanny, a graduate student from Charlotte, N.C. in the College of Fine Arts’ Department of Art History has received the fellowship in support of her dissertation project, “Framing Absence: Photographic Narratives of the Vietnam War.”   She is one of eight scholars to receive 2020 Luce/ACLS […]

FSU’s Museum of Fine Arts hosts virtual activities during COVID-19

Nearly 60,000 people visit Florida State University’s Museum of Fine Arts (MoFA) annually, but the COVID-19 pandemic has temporarily closed one of the largest academic art museums in the Big Bend. That’s prompted MoFA staff to reschedule exhibitions and programs and develop remote internships and educational opportunities for students, as well as generate new activities that would attract visitors to make virtual trips to the museum through a new “MoFA at Home” initiative. Museum Director Preston McLane, Assistant Curator and Director […]

FSU Art Therapy partners with Florida Department of Corrections to launch prison program

The Florida State University Art Therapy program and the Florida Department of Corrections are partnering up with the goal of providing young adult inmates alternate paths to receiving their General Education Degrees (GED) while addressing their various mental health, emotional and behavioral challenges.  Launched earlier this year, the first–of–its–kind Art Therapy in Prisons Program is a collaborative […]