SA/VS faculty, alumni, students showcase work in international festival

Like many events and programs, 48 hours of Neukölln had to pivot from an on-site art encounter to a virtual exhibition. Featured in this year’s event, among the over 200 participating international artists, are faculty and graduate students from the University of Kentucky’s school of Art / Visual Studies. The main festival page can be found here:

A message from Dean Shanda

I know what I saw from the published cell phone and security camera recordings showing the murder of a black man at the hands of the police and I don’t know how to respond. The image is repeated on television, plays over and over in my head, and with each encounter I am more enraged, and I am sickened.

A message from Dr. Everett McCorvey

This past week has been difficult for our entire world as the wounds of racism were ripped open when a Minneapolis police officer suffocated the life out of one of its citizens, George Floyd. In Louisville, Breonna Taylor, an emergency medical technician, was killed by police as she rested in her own home in March. Ahmaud Arbery, a 25 year old black man was killed while out on a jog in a white neighborhood in Georgia. The list goes on and on. Until now, there were uprisings for a few days and then it would seem like the uprisings would stop and life would return to normal.

School of Music Freshman Music Ed Major Creates Virtual Choir

“Nearly as soon as the outbreak began to have its effects here in the United States, Caitlin reached out to me and asked if I would be willing to help her put together a virtual choir,” said Vanover, who is currently Director of Choirs at Lexington Catholic High School.  “I am very proud of Caitlin, who is a former choir student of mine at Lexington Catholic.”

School of Music Alumnus Justin Vickers recieves Fulbright Scholar Award

Dr. Justin Vickers received his Master's of Music in vocal performance from UK in 2000. After leaving the University of Kentucky, Dr. Vickers, now Associate Professor of Voice at Illinois State University, earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature, while completing the coursework for the Ph.D. in historical musicology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.