Students in the College of Visual and Performing Arts are recognized leaders in their fields. In addition to receiving prestigious awards and scholarships, they participate in internships, clinical experiences, exhibitions, concerts, festivals, and volunteer experiences.
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20 KU Communication Design students participated in the MoCCA (Museum of Cartoon and Comic Art) fest in New York City. Each student wrote, illustrated, and printed a "zine," a mini-comic book to showcase their work. Professor Kevin McCloskey was awarded a grant from the KU Office of Assessment to fund the project
Communication design students Nathan Hurst, Erica Slough, Emily Acanfora, Hollie Kiefer, Hannah McGrath, Kirsten Detweiler, Rebecca Ulsh, Lindsay Lewis, Lindsey Zellner, and Rebecca Tomino were among the 60 finalists in this year's International Student Poster Contest.
Communication design students Nathaniel Renninger, Rachel Lopez, Nathan Hurst, Lindsay Derecola, Hannah Stephey, Matthew Stachewicz, Jessica Savard, Jerry Cavill, and Kory Walton participated at Lehigh Valley Startup Weekend, building Type-Wich, a web application for selecting, rating, and displaying font combinations.
Crafts students Candice Bergerson, Lizz Berry, Sarah Bucke, Melissa Fiskaldo, Colleen Schleppenbach, Lauran Knisell, Rachele Trzcinski, Maggie Horvath, Ben Mitchell, and Dan Wisner displayed and sold their work at the Philadelphia Craft Show.
Jazz studies students under the direction of Dr. Kevin Kjos released four new CDs of jazz standards and new charts. Jazz Ensemble I performed several concerts in Italy over spring break, and they were invited to open the concert for Grammy Award winning jazz vocalist Kurt Elling at the annual Berks Jazz Fest.
Work from six photography students was included in the Olympus InVision Photo Festival's College Photography Exhibition at the Banana Factory. Renowned photographer Zoe Strauss judged the show and three KU students received awards: Stefan Schein, first place; Nina Pollock-Anto, third place; and Emilie Haaf, honorable mention.
Art education student Mary Kate Bergh received the 2012 Pennsylvania Art Education Association Fellows Clyde M. McGeary Scholarship.
Sharadin Day recognizes individuals in the College of Visual and Performing Arts who are leaders and role models. Mary Kate Bergh (art education), Frank E. Marsters (communication design), Adam McClellan (communication studies), Dane E. Santa (music), and Megan Yoder (fine arts) received the 2012 Sharadin Award for Distinguished Student Achievement.