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    NKU hosting multi-day diversity event with award-winning vocalist René Marie

    Feb. 25, 2022 - Sistahs Who Swing is a multi-day event celebrating African American women artists, educators, and businesswomen. There will be discussion and reflection on a variety of issues that all women in business and the arts face in the pursuit of successful careers and lives [...]

  • Faculty Exhibitions Open Jan. 18

    Jan. 6, 2022 - NKU SOTA will open its Spring 2022 Faculty Art Exhibition on Jan. 18 at the NKU Art Galleries in the Fine Arts Center. The exhibition showcases a wide range of media that reflect NKU faculty’s diverse areas of practice [...]

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    Inaugural Art & Design Speaker Series launches with Josie Love Roebuck

    March 16, 2022 - As part of the Sistahs Who Swing event, the inaugural Art & Design Speaker Series will kick off with Josie Love Roebuck. The event will take place Thursday, March 24 at 1 p.m. in the Otto Budig Theatre in the University Center [...]

  • The Drawing Database

    Dec. 21, 2020 - The Drawing Database, created by Marc Leone, Associate Professor of Drawing is a series of videos that provide instruction on technical object and figure drawing. The Drawing Database is a public service outreach program, FREE to the public anytime-there is no fee! This channel is for Northern Kentucky University's School of the Arts, as well as alumni/alumnae and can be used by interested other students internationally. The videos are "active learning", meaning that the student can get the most out of the college level lessons by drawing along with them. You can email Marc Leone ( for questions/feedback on the Drawing Database.

  • BFA Senior Virtual Exhibition

    Dec. 4, 2020 - We are pleased to announce the launch of the Fall 2020 BFA Senior Exhibition. Bachelor of Fine Arts students work closely with faculty to develop an original body of work that showcases their creative growth both technically and conceptually. This requirement is the culmination of the BFA program and an essential component of the completion of their degree. We would like to recognize and congratulate the BFA class of 2020 [...]

  • Visual Arts alum to sculpt Cincinnati's first statue of a named female

    June 22, 2021 - The sculpture of Marian Spencer is the city's first of a named female, and one of the co-sculptors is Gina Erardi. She honed her sculpting skills in college at Northern Kentucky University and became Tom Tsuchyia's apprentice. Together, they created the statue of Marian Spencer [...]

  • NKU hosts outdoor multimedia performance

    Sept. 30, 2021 - Multimedia performance group Froghole? responds to Northern Kentucky University's brutalist architecture through intimate examinations of space through sound, performance, and video. A three-act performance, "Cemento Mori" will explore three different outdoor sites on NKU's campus[...]

  • BFA Senior Exhibitions Open Nov. 18

    Nov. 8, 2021 - The School of the Arts is pleased to announce the opening of the Fall 2021 BFA Senior Exhibition. The BFA senior capstone experience involves the development of a significant body of creative work, culminating in a critique and public exhibition in the NKU Galleries [...]

  • Art Exhibitions on Understanding the Emotional Force of Race

    Jan. 4, 2021 - NKU invites community members to virtually explore the themes and emotional force behind social unrest with its exhibition, “The Emotional Force of Race: An Exhibition and Call for Creative Response,” featuring the Mourning the Creation of Racial Categories project [...]

  • Visual Arts collaborates on MLK activity packets

    Jan. 26, 2021 - In honor of the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr., the Visual Arts Program partnered with NKU's Office of Community Connections to create MLK Day activity packets for local school kids. The packets use art to help kids learn about Civil Rights heroes [...]

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    NKU BFA Senior Exhibitions Open April 21

    April 6, 2022 - SOTA is pleased to announce the opening of the Spring 2022 BFA Senior Exhibition. The exhibit opens April 21 with a reception from 5-7 p.m., which is free and open to the public [...]

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    Congratulations Juried Student Exhibition Winners

    April 5, 2022 - Congratulations to the students who won awards for their juried exhibitions. Purchase Awards are $1,000 each and the artwork becomes part of the NKU Art Collection [...]

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    Visual Arts is now Art & Design

    April 5, 2022 - The new name for the program helps better showcase not only art but our design/VCD majors which make up about half of the students in the program [...]

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    New Study Ranks NKU’s Graphic Design Program as the Best in Kentucky

    June 17, 2022 - Northern Kentucky University’s Visual Communication Design program is the best graphic design program in Kentucky, according to new rankings released by [...]

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    "Scenes from Nowhere" Opens at NKU Art Galleries

    June 15, 2022 - "Scenes from Nowhere" runs through Aug. 26. This three-part exhibition challenges the traditions of pictorial representation and reimagines them through a 21st century lens. Three gallery spaces will give different interpretations on the collective theme of pictorial representation [...]

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    SOTA, Crestview Hills Unveil Public Art Sculptures

    Nov. 7, 2022 - The City of Crestview Hills, in collaboration with SOTA's Art & Design Program, are pleased to announce the public art unveiling of three permanent sculptures by student Peyton Harshfield [...]

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    BFA Senior Exhibitions Open Nov. 23

    Nov. 15, 2022 - The Fall 2022 BFA Senior Exhibition opens Nov. 23 running through Dec. 9 in the Art Galleries. The BFA senior capstone experience involves the development of a significant body of creative work, culminating in a critique and public exhibition in the NKU Galleries [...]

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