News & Stories

The Houston Grand Opera virtually presented the 33rd annual Concert of Arias this February and awarded the first-place prize of $10,000 to University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts alumnus Key’mon W. Murrah, who earned his bachelor’s degree in arts administration and minor in vocal performance in 2018.  


Artist Jeremy Colbert didn’t set out to be an educator.


In Episode 07 of CFA Community Conversations, Lee Eachus, Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Arts Administration, talks with recent alum, Logan McDonald, 2020 BA in Arts Administration, with minor in Theatre. They discuss life after graduation, what it's like being an arts administrator during a pandemic, and so much more!

Newly published research has found familiar music can elicit an extended emotional response in patients with Alzheimer’s-type dementia. The findings from this potential new approach were featured in issue three of volume 78 of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

The School of Music offers new classes for Spring 2021!

In November 2020, students in the School of Art and Visual Studies’ Guerilla Art class led by Professor Lee Ann Paynter, installed an original mural near UK’s downtown campus on Emmaline Lane, just west of 236 Bolivar Street, which houses the School of Art and Visual Studies and the Bolivar Art Gallery.


Several School of Art and Visual Studies students took awards in the Oswald Research and Creativity awards, presented by the Office of Undergraduate Research.

Tanyaradzwa A. Tawengwa, DMA Vocal Performance candidate, is a champion of music. The inaugural Shirley Graham Du Bois Creative-in-Residence at Boston’s prestigious Castle of Our Skins spoke with us from Philadelphia this summer to highlight her journey from Zimbabwe to Kentucky, finding every opportunity to celebrate the music of her homeland and the complicated history of Western classical music. Her work to empower children and educate music patrons speaks to her passion for music, family, and country. 

While members of University of Kentucky Living Learning Programs benefit personally from a tailored experience with fellow Wildcats with similar passions, LLP courses and activities also can better the community outside its Holmes Hall doors on north campus.

Thanks to a generous donation, the Lexington Senior Center is now home to an inspiring piece of art created by renowned sculptor Garry R. Bibbs, professor at University of Kentucky School of Art and Visual Studies. The metal wall sculpture, titled “Being Alive,” was commissioned and donated by Senior Center participant Kirk Kopitzke.

In Episode 05 of CFA Community Conversations, Dr. Martina Vasil, Division Coordinator for Music Education and Music Therapy, and Assistant Professor of Music Education in the School of Music talks with Deandrae White, 2020 Bachelor of Music Education.


In Episode 4 of CFA Community Conversations, Crystal Gregory, Assistant Professor of Fiber Arts in the School of Art and Visual Studies talks with Natalie Baxter, MFA 2012, and Claire Thompson, first year BFA student about life after graduate school, being a working artist and mother, and much more!