College of Fine Arts

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 […]

FSU Interior Architecture and Design instructor redesigns local homeless shelter amid COVID-19 crisis 

UPDATE: The Kearney Center has now moved all of its clients from their Municipal Way facility on Tallahassee’s west side to “non-congregate” housing like hotels and apartments to prevent the spread of coronavirus among them.  How can interior design support human health? The connections between human well-being and the buildings and rooms people occupy are […]

FSU arts faculty get creative to overcome challenges of remote learning

Whether they’re teaching studio art, dance, music or interior architecture and design, Florida State University faculty in the creative disciplines are facing some unique challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.   When FSU moved to remote learning on March 23, it made most faculty across campus completely rethink their lesson plans. That’s especially true for the arts, where many faculty are reimagining how they normally communicate and teach the best practices of the creative process.   But despite these changes, both faculty and […]

FSU School of Dance candidates to present ‘3 Voices’

The Florida State University School of Dance will present the premiere of “3 Voices,” a three-part performance created by FSU graduate students. The performances, which are free and open to the public, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, Feb. 29, at the Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre in Montgomery Hall. […]

FSU researchers develop new online, mindfulness-based art therapy intervention

It’s been said that art heals. Now, Florida State University researchers have developed an online intervention that combines mindfulness practices, art therapy and the simple act of manipulating clay to reduce stress and anxiety in college students. In a study published in SAGE Journals, the researchers described the results of what may be the first […]

Profile in Leadership: James Frazier comes ‘home’ in new role as dean of FSU’s College of Fine Arts

More than 30 years ago, an undergraduate at Florida State University named James Frazier was running errands to and from the dean’s office of the College of Fine Arts, then the School of Visual Arts and Dance, as a work-study student. Today, Frazier occupies that same office, but as dean of the College of Fine […]

Blind architect to be featured speaker at inaugural Master Lecture Series

The Florida State University College of Fine Arts, in conjunction with the Florida A&M University School of Architecture and Engineering Technology and the Tallahassee chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), presents the inaugural Master Lecture Series, a new program designed to bring educational and interesting speakers to the Tallahassee community. This year, the […]

Murals brighten lab where students learn wonders of anatomy

On a formerly blank and boring concrete-block wall in the Florida State University College of Medicine’s anatomy lab, a soccer player perpetually poses in mid-kick. At first glance she appears to be wearing an elaborately patterned bodysuit. Then you see that her body is the suit. She’s wearing nothing but muscle. She’s right at home […]

FSU researchers push scientific, creative boundaries in 2019

Florida State University faculty engaged in research and creative activity at extraordinary levels in 2019. FSU faculty achieved record funding, produced outstanding artistic works and made international headlines with their work. Here are some highlights of the past year. FSU faculty bring in record $233.6M in external funding Florida State University researchers received a record […]