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Students who graduated in Spring of 2020 found their final semester of college upended by the COVID-19 pandemic. Faced with an uncertain job market, a recent Digital Media Design graduate, Ben Byrum, found success despite the odds.

Music to transcend physical distancing.

Daria Smith graduated in the Spring of 2018 with a B.S. in Digital Media and Design, with a minor in Art History and has been making an impact on the regional art scene ever since. Within months of graduating, she was hired as Graphic Designer of Exhibitions for the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville, TN. 

This weekend film and African American history enthusiasts alike will head to the movies to see the first major biopic on the country’s most well-known “conductor” of the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman.

When Todd Lacy was a student at the University of Kentucky in the 1980s, he was an English major planning to go to law school. That is, until his English class attended a Shakespeare play presented by the Theatre Department in UK's College of Fine Arts. The underlying theme of "As You Like It" was love at first sight, and as he watched the story unfold on stage, Lacy fell in love with all things theatre, and his journey at UK began to change course.

Climbing to new heights is something University of Kentucky alumna Brittney Woodrum has done both figuratively and literally for years.

The University of Kentucky Art Museum reopens on August 25th! Each of us plays a role in the safe reopening of the Art Museum, complying with social distancing, face masks, and additional health and safety precautions. Virtual family activities and other online programs continue to be offered through our website and social media pages. We recognize that circumstances may change at any moment, but we remain hopeful that we will be able to serve the campus and Lexington community under the safest possible conditions.

July 2020 would have been the month that first year DMA Voice student Wagner Pastor would be traveling to his home country of Ecuador to participate in a week of Master Classes with Dr. Everett McCorvey.   

In June we had the opportunity to catch up with 13 alumni from our vocal performance program. Whether gracing international stages, serving the country, or caring for patients, our alumni are making their mark, using the skills they developed at UK to support their community and spread joy. Listen to this interview as they reminisce about their time in the annual tradition "It's a Grand Night for Singing!"

The UK Department of Arts Administration recently awarded the first Emerging Arts Leader Award to 2020 graduate Logan McDonald. 

As of this July, the College of Fine Arts Sew-at-Home Network of faculty, staff, students, and parents, have made and given to healthcare workers and vulnerable populations 2,044 masks!

Brittney Woodrum, a 2015 arts administration and Spanish graduate, has received a 2020 Boren Fellowship to travel to Yangon, Myanmar for a year of intensive language study.

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