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Theodore Albrecht, Ph.D., professor of musicology in Kent State University’s Hugh A. Glauser School of Music, has been awarded the Beethoven Medal in recognition of his musicological contributions to the study of composer Ludwig van Beethoven. Dr. Albrecht received the award during the International Beethoven-Days 2017 in Baden, Bad Voeslau and Vienna, an annual, weeklong music festival and conference held in Austria. The award was presented by festival director Eduard Melkus, violinist and conductor, at the House of Art in Baden.

Kent State University President Emerita Carol Cartwright, Ph.D., and her husband, G. Phillip Cartwright, Ph.D., have made a $1 million estate gift that will create scholarships at Kent State to support students who wish to engage in the arts. The Cartwright Family Fund for Opportunities in the Arts is an unrestricted endowment that will enable underrepresented populations to participate in arts education who might not otherwise be able to do so.

Porthouse Theatre is thrilled to be recognized by the Cleveland Critics' Circle for achievements during its 2017 Season.

The annual Cleveland Critics Circle Theater Awards, released on December 18, 2017, awarded Porthouse Theatre's production of "Newsies" honors in the categories of Best Musical, Best Director of a Musical, Best Music Direction, and Best Choreography. Porthouse was also recognized for Superior Achievement in several other categories.

Porthouse Theatre's production of Disney's "Newsies," an area premiere, was recognized as 2017's Best Musical production.

Dance major and Kent Dance Ensemble member Austin Coats will perform "Vital Grace," a solo choreographed by Gregory King, at the International Association of Blacks in Dance conference in Los Angeles, California in January 2018.

School of Theatre and Dance associate professor Jonathan Swoboda, a featured keyboard artist with #1 selling Christmas artist Mannheim Steamroller, performed with the group at the National Tree Lighting on the Ellipse at President's Park at the White House on Thurs., Nov. 30.

Assistant professor of Dance Gregory King and adjunct dance professor Megan Young have been invited to create one of three commissioned works for the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology's 16th Biennial Symposium at Connecticut College February 15 - 17, 2018.

Kent State Music Department faculty member and saxophonist Christopher Coles is creating an interdisciplinary musical composition that honors those killed in a church shooting

The Collective Arts Network (CAN) has picked a diverse team of four curators for its big regional triennial exhibition next summer, with two Kent State University School of Art alumni on the list.  MFA alumnus Curlee Raven Holton, executive director of the University of Maryland's David C.

Senior Lecturer in Art Education, Juliann Dorff, was inducted into the Ohio Art Education Association’s (OAEA) group of Distinguished Fellows for 2017.  The OAEA Distinguished Fellow is a prestigious position bestowed upon members of the Association.  These OAEA members have made long term, marked contributions to the Association and to the advancement of art education at the regional, divisional, local, state and national levels.  Being named a Distinguished Fellow is viewed as a way to additionally honor art educators for exceptional

On Tues., Nov. 14, 2017 the Knight Foundation announced the 17 winning projects chosen from the 300 submitted ideas for the 2017 Knight Arts Challenge Akron. Among the recipients is Kent State University faculty member Christopher Coles, whose grant totals $45,000 out of the $743,000 awarded this year. His winning idea, entitled “Nine Live,” involves the creation of an interdisciplinary piece that will immerse the audience into the lives and stories of nine African Americans killed during an evening prayer service in Charleston, South Carolina in 2015.

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