Continuing its tradition of bringing thought-provoking contemporary works and beloved classics to the stage, the School of Theatre and Dance has another exciting fall season in store for theater aficionados and newcomers alike.
Anna Justice has joined the WVU College of Creative Arts as the new director of development. She was previously a development officer at Loyola University New Orleans. Justice began work with Creative Arts Dean Paul Kreider and WVU Foundation Assistant Vice President Chuck Kerzak on June 16.
Art History Seniors Featured for Outstanding Achievements
Two graduating seniors in art history received special attention during WVU Commencement. Megan Bean was selected as a WVU Outstanding Senior and also as a 2014 Robert F. Munn Undergraduate Library scholar. In addition, Kelsey Hotaling was part of this year's "Meet the Grads" feature for her internship in Italy.
Music alumna Barbara Bean named to Order of Vandalia
Barbara Bean graduated from WVU with a bachelor's degree in music education in 1963, followed by a master's in music education in 1966. This spring she was named to the Order of Vandalia, an honor presented to the most loyal servants of the university.
New BFA in Musical Theatre announced; Bryce Britton named director
The CCA has been presenting musical theater productions for many years at the Creative Arts Center. Beginning this fall, the college is offering a new Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre, under the direction of new faculty member Bryce Britton.
James and Judith Culberson have been advocates of both education and the arts in Morgantown since becoming part of WVU almost 50 years ago. Now the couple has pledged $25,000 to endow a scholarship for students in the School of Theatre and Dance, where their daughter Sarah graduated in 1998.
Art & Design Celebrates 20th Annual Deem Distinguished Lecture
For 20 years, the Deem Distinguished Visiting Artist Lecture Series, established by Alison and Patrick Deem of Bridgeport, W.Va., has brought internationally recognized artists and their work to the WVU campus, fostering not only student and faculty engagement, but also providing community access to thought-provoking examples of contemporary art.
Art Student Kaitlyn Hunter Receives International Sculpture Center Award
WVU School of Art and Design graduate student Kaitlyn Hunter, of Lisbon Falls, Maine, is one of 22 artists from throughout the world to be awarded the International Sculpture Center's prestigious "Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture" Award for 2014.
Large gift of artworks by Grace Martin Taylor Donated to the Art Museum of WVU
A recent large gift of artworks by West Virginia artist Grace Martin Taylor, presented to WVU by her daughter, Lucie Mellert, of Charleston, W.Va., has filled in the gaps in WVU's collection of Taylor's works, giving a complete view of the artist from the different phases of her career.
School of Music ranked 58th in Creative College Guide
The WVU School of Music has been selected as one of the top music programs in the United States by the latest edition of "Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers." The fourth edition of the guide profiles the top 250 programs in the country for college-bound creative arts students.
Three School of Music faculty awarded Big XII Fellowship Research Grants
School of Music faculty members Michael Ibrahim, Mikylah Myers McTeer and David Taddie are among eight WVU faculty members to be awarded research grants in the University's second year of participation in the Big XII Faculty Fellowship Program.
The CCA welcomes this year's new faculty members: Evan McCarthy, music history; Marcello Cormio, interim director of opera theatre; Jeffrey Moser, interactive media; Andrea Washington-Brown, costume technology; Teresa Giobbia, art education; Joseph Dangerfield, music theory & composition; Amy Schissel, painting; Dylan Collins, who has been a lecturer, but now promoted to assistant professor of sculpture; and Bryce Britton, director of musical theatre.
Marching Band performs in McDowell County before heading to Alabama game
WVU President Gordon Gee rode the bus with the WVU Marching Band into McDowell County where the band performed at area high schools before heading to Atlanta, Georgia, for the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game pitting WVU against Alabama.
Theatre and Dance Alumni Show Selected for New York Musical Theatre Festival
School of Theatre and Dance grads Matt Webster and Taylor Ferrara have written the book, music and lyrics for "Propaganda, The Musical," which has been selected for the New York Musical Theatre Festival, opening in New York City July 23.
Graduation Highlights: Chris Sarandon Speaks at CCA Commencement
It was a packed house at the Creative Arts Center on Saturday, May 10, as approximately 115 graduates of the College of Creative Arts received their diplomas during a special ceremony featuring actor and alumnus Chris Sarandon as guest speaker.
Students Create Sound Design for New 'Stunt Runner' Video Game
Students in a music recording technology class taught by Mark Benincosa in the School of Music are designing sound effects for a video game called "Stunt Runner",? to be released in 2014 by Kermdinger Studios, Inc., a Silicon Valley company.
The four WVU feature twirlers are among the most recognized members of The Mountaineer Marching Band and now they have been recognized as the top twirlers in the world. The twirlers won the 2014 Twirl Mania International Team Collegiate Competition, held at ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.
Wilkinson endowment will enhance arts research, writing
Music History Professor Emeritus Chris Wilkinson and his wife Carroll Wetzel Wilkinson recently established an endowment in the College of Creative Arts that will assist faculty in developing new courses and coursework to help students cultivate research writing skills, information literacy capabilities and critical engagement in the arts.
Young Artist Competition Winners to perform with WVU Symphony
Four outstanding musicians who represent musical excellence at West Virginia University will take the stage with the WVU Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mitchell Arnold, as the Orchestra presents its annual Young Artists Concert, on Thursday, March 20.