News & Stories

Dr. Kristin Stultz Pressley is a Musical Theatre Historian – and one of Broadway’s biggest fans. A passionate and energetic presenter, Pressley has taught theatre at every level – from pre-school to university.

Less than a month after crossing the stage to receive his master’s degree from the University of Kentucky, Reginald Smith Jr. will step on a very different UK stage this weekend — at the United Kingdom’s St. David’s Hall — where the baritone has been selected to represent the United States in the 20th BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition.

Episode 11 of our College of Fine Arts Community Conversation series, features Rae Goodwin, School of Art and Visual Studies faculty and Director of Foundations, reconnecting with Meg Klosterman ('19, BA in Art Studio and Arts Administration), currently in London, England pursuing her MFA at the Slade School of Fine Art.

Award winners have been announced for the inaugural call for artwork for The Cornerstone digital media wall. School of Art and Visual Studies faculty Chad Eby and student Maddie Mattheu were among the winners and will have their art showcased on the new wall on north campus.

American theatre researchers will benefit from the major discovery of correspondence between two of the nation’s most storied playwrights — Tennessee Williams and Eugene O’Neill. University of Kentucky Professor Herman Daniel Farrell III, a playwright and noted O’Neill scholar, found the letter while doing research in the archives at Yale University. 

The Social Action Theatre class in the University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance, led by Professor Nancy Jones, has devised their first “Tunnel of Oppression” interactive theatre project for the UK campus community. On Saturday, May 1st at 2 p.m., they invite you to an interactive event in Holmes Hall. 

The three pillars of the Creative Arts Living Learning Program are creativity, collaboration, and community. Through the continuing pandemic, the program has been finding innovative ways to ensure their students are still experiencing the effect these pillars have on the program. Peer mentors have continued to generate ideas for creative arts activities, and maintain a sense of community, while following COVID-19 guidelines. Current and former Creative Arts LLP students with diverse art interests are collaborating and networking with each other on various projects to further their careers as artists.

The College of Fine Arts offers a variety of programs each summer and we are thrilled to offer most of our programming in person in 2021!

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).