College of Fine Arts

UK Women’s Forum Announces 2021 Sarah Bennett Holmes Awardees


Four outstanding recipients who profoundly contribute to issues that affect women at the University of Kentucky and across the Commonwealth received the Sarah Bennett Holmes Award Tuesday, March 23, during a virtual awards ceremony. Christina Walker, staff winner; Hana Khamfroush, faculty winner; Mel Lesch, graduate student winner; and UK Department of Neurology's Wellness and Resiliency Committee, team winner, received the 2021 Sarah Bennett Holmes Award.

One Day for UK 2021

Every student in the College of Fine Arts benefits from your generosity—students who prepare to perform on our stages, exhibit in our galleries, and work behind the scenes. When you give to the College of Fine Arts Development Fund, YOU provide critical financial flexibility to respond to what is needed right now—from scholarship support and technology updates to life-changing experiences.

School of Music Alum Renee Collins Cobb and "Overtones Live"

Story originally appeared on Kentucky.com on March 2, 2021 by Walter Tunis, Contributing Music Critic.


By her own estimation, Renee Collins Cobb is a “social introvert.” Every Wednesday night, however, she sets any self-perceived shyness aside. That’s when the Ashland native is either behind a microphone or a video camera to bring “Overtones Live” to life.

“A lot of people would never have dreamed that I would be doing what I’m doing now.”

Tanya Harper Awarded USITT's Wally Russell Professional Mentoring Award

Singletary Center for the Arts (SCFA) production designer Tanya Harper received the Wally Russell Professional Mentoring Award, presented by USITT in partnership with the Wally Russell Foundation to honor someone who embodies the guiding hand that Wally Russell provided to many young professionals. 

Scholarship honoring alum Wayland Rogers to support UK art song students

Story by Mark Mozingo, UKNow


The Rogers Scholarship was established by distinguished alumnus Wayland D. Rogers, a renowned singer, conductor, teacher and composer based in Chicago, Illinois, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in music from UK in 1963. The scholarship will support senior music performance students who exhibit excellence in art songs or solo music with piano accompaniment.  

Alum Tyler Swick selected as Yamaha 40 Under 40 in Music Education

There doesn’t seem to be enough superlatives to describe Tyler Swick’s energetic, entertaining and exhilarating teaching style. And accolades from parents and colleagues are just as numerous.  In several of his “40 Under 40” nomination letters, parents called him a “musical magician” and that “his work ethic knows no bounds when it comes to ensuring he gets a smile out of a few extra kiddos.” Another parent simply stated, “It doesn’t feel like learning when it’s this fun!”

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