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Dr. Justin Vickers has recently been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award by the  J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board to conduct research at University of Surrey, Guildford, in the United Kingdom.

Due to mounting concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, the College of Fine Arts has postponed or canceled all of its events and community programming through the end of the spring semester.

If you've visited downtown Lexington recently, you may have seen some artwork by our School of Art and Visual Studies students, an inspiring example of UK's town and gown relationship with the Bluegrass.

"I'm utterly shocked and thrilled!" So said Mia Cinelli, assistant professor in the School of Art and Visual Studies, of being awarded the remarkable Best in Festival for New Work as part of the 10th annual Toronto Design Week (the DesignTO Festival).

Singing on the Metropolitan Opera stage is a lifelong dream for many young opera vocalists, and one University of Kentucky doctoral candidate, Makeda Hampton, is among the chosen few currently performing at America’s most prestigious opera house. But for this previous math and chemistry student, a dream to perform didn't take center stage until a bit later.

A design by University of Kentucky alumnus Casey McKinney was unveiled as the 2020 Kentucky Derby Festival poster.

Congratulations to Andrew Maske, associate professor of art history and visual studies, who has been elected president of the Japan Art History Forum.


From the spotlight of stages across Kentucky and beyond to speaking up for fellow students, and now artists, University of Kentucky alumnus Whit Whitaker has used his vocal talents to better his community.

We recently caught up with Isabelle Martin (BA, 2018). She was ambitious while at CFA, involved in everything from art history research to the symphony orchestra, so it's no surprise she is just as ambitious and active now!

CFA alum travels to the Wonka Chocolate Factory

Anything is “Wildly Possible” when you become a UK Wildcat. Whether that is becoming an entrepreneur, working for an international business, pursuing a graduate degree, or portraying the role of Mrs. Gloop in Roald Dahl’s new musical, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and its National Tour!

Whenever University of Kentucky students, staff, faculty, and supporters attend an arts event in Central Kentucky, it’s very common to see a familiar face. On December 14, 2019, the Lexington Philharmonic’s “A Cathedral Christmas” ended up being an impromptu UK School of Music reunion for many. When patrons began entering the Cathedral of Christ the King, they saw several familiar faces within the orchestra as well as the Lexington Singers – Catherine Clarke Nardolillo (DMA, 2013), Margaret Karp (Lecturer of Violin and Viola), Jason Dovel (Associate Professor of Trumpet) and even Andrew Miller (BMME, 2015). After being away from Lexington for a few years, it was great to catch up with Andrew!

When students receive a degree in Music Education, the traditional career path might be to teach at a local public middle or high school. However, students at the University of Kentucky often take the path less traveled. Ryan George (BMME ‘02) is one such example.