News & Stories

The University of Kentucky Mega-Sax Quartet, under the direction of Miles Osland, took home Outstanding Combo Award at the 54th annual Elmhurst College Jazz Festival held virtually Feb. 26-28. In addition, Wildcats from both the quartet and UK Jazz Ensemble scored seven Outstanding Soloist Awards.

UK Arts Administration alumni join forces to build CommonTime, a virtual platform that brings together artists, arts organizations, and educators. 

UK College of Fine Arts Faculty and Staff receive majority nominations for 2021 Sarah Bennett Holmes Award 

The University of Kentucky Opera Theatre kicked off the virtual Vocal Master Class Series in March with tenor, Lawrence Brownlee. He has been hailed as “an international star in the bel canto operatic repertory” (The New York Times), “one of the world’s leading bel canto stars” (The Guardian), and “one of the most in-demand opera singers in the world today” (NPR).  


On April 21, 2021, the University of Kentucky will rally its alumni, friends and fans to support One Day for UK, a 24-hour day of giving where donors can support the college, unit or cause of their choice.

School of Music alum Renee Collins Cobb ('85, BM in Music Education) and Warren Cobb ('85, BA in Music) met while they were members of the UK Choristers in the early 1980s. Flash forward over 30 years, Renee and Warren are examples of School of Music alum that have been making a major impact on the Kentucky music industry. Renee's live music music show, "Overtones Live" recently celebrated its 100th broadcast and is the only regional live music program hosted by women. In March 2021, the Lexington Herald Leader profiled Renee's continued efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic that has otherwise brought the live performing arts industry to a halt. 

The science of health care and the cultural benefits of the arts have been inextricably tied for James C. Norton, professor in the University of Kentucky Department of Psychiatry and now semi-retired. That explains his generous gifts to both the UK College of Fine Arts and UK’s Center for Interprofessional Health Education.

In Episode 10 of our College of Fine Arts Community Conversation series, Susie Thiel, Associate Professor of Dance and the Director of Dance at UK, connects with Shannon Burgess, Bachelor of Arts in Dance, 2018 (and the first official Dance major graduate of the University of Kentucky).

As a student in the College of Fine Arts, I am used to being surrounded by creative and passionate individuals. I would walk the halls of CFA and hear music and singing, and I would see people rehearsing scenes or going over choreography. It was invigorating to be surrounded by individuals who were so dedicated and passionate about their artistic endeavors. Unfortunately, I haven’t been in the Fine Arts building in over a year.

A University of Kentucky longtime artist and designer was awarded high honors at the 2021 United States Institute for Theatre Technology Inc. (USITT) Conference and Stage Expo, held virtually March 8–12. 

Talented graduate and undergraduate students from around the globe vied for the spotlight at the 2021 Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition presented virtually March 7. As part of the competition, vocalists competed for more than $700,000 in scholarships and prizes and an opportunity to join University of Kentucky Opera Theatre.

The University of Kentucky’s College of Fine Arts and School of Music announced the creation of the Wayland Rogers Scholarship for Excellence in the Performance of Art Song.