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Music to transcend physical distancing. The University of Kentucky School of Music brings our student ensembles off the Singletary stages and into your living room. While we can't gather for live performances, our student musicians are still honing their craft. Our series of class recordings builds bridges to connect our patrons with our students. 

The School of Music offers new classes for Spring 2021!

In November 2020, students in the School of Art and Visual Studies’ Guerilla Art class led by Professor Lee Ann Paynter, installed an original mural near UK’s downtown campus on Emmaline Lane, just west of 236 Bolivar Street, which houses the School of Art and Visual Studies and the Bolivar Art Gallery.


Several School of Art and Visual Studies students took awards in the Oswald Research and Creativity awards, presented by the Office of Undergraduate Research.

Tanyaradzwa A. Tawengwa, DMA Vocal Performance candidate, is a champion of music. The inaugural Shirley Graham Du Bois Creative-in-Residence at Boston’s prestigious Castle of Our Skins spoke with us from Philadelphia this summer to highlight her journey from Zimbabwe to Kentucky, finding every opportunity to celebrate the music of her homeland and the complicated history of Western classical music. Her work to empower children and educate music patrons speaks to her passion for music, family, and country. 

While members of University of Kentucky Living Learning Programs benefit personally from a tailored experience with fellow Wildcats with similar passions, LLP courses and activities also can better the community outside its Holmes Hall doors on north campus.

Thanks to a generous donation, the Lexington Senior Center is now home to an inspiring piece of art created by renowned sculptor Garry R. Bibbs, professor at University of Kentucky School of Art and Visual Studies. The metal wall sculpture, titled “Being Alive,” was commissioned and donated by Senior Center participant Kirk Kopitzke.

In Episode 05 of CFA Community Conversations, Dr. Martina Vasil, Division Coordinator for Music Education and Music Therapy, and Assistant Professor of Music Education in the School of Music talks with Deandrae White, 2020 Bachelor of Music Education.


In Episode 4 of CFA Community Conversations, Crystal Gregory, Assistant Professor of Fiber Arts in the School of Art and Visual Studies talks with Natalie Baxter, MFA 2012, and Claire Thompson, first year BFA student about life after graduate school, being a working artist and mother, and much more!

Miriam Kienle, assistant professor of art history at the University of Kentucky School of Art and Visual Studies, analyzes the remains of Ray Johnson’s mid-1960s portrait of Samuel J. Wagstaff in her recent article "Facing Others: Ray Johnson's Portrait of a Curator as a Network." The article is featured on the cover of the fall issue of Archives of American Art Journal.

The UK College of Fine Arts is a family. We support each other. We learn from each other. To celebrate the power of our network, we've launched a new series. CFA Community Conversations build bridges, connecting alumni, faculty, staff, and students through shared experiences.