Sharadin Arts Building

Sharadin Arts Building - the artistic center of KU.

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Dean's Welcome

Welcome to the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Kutztown University! We are committed to preparing creative students for the diverse global environment. Dedicated faculty challenge students to strive for excellence and develop their individual voice. Graduates are skilled practitioners who blend critical thinking skills with historical perspectives to make an impact in their chosen vocation.

Sharadin Arts Building provides world-class studio and teaching spaces for the visual arts. Schaeffer Auditorium, renovated and expanded in 2013, and Old Main are home to the music programs. Communication studies and electronic media reside in Rickenbach Learning Center.

Visual Arts programs are fully accredited by NASAD, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Music programs are fully accredited by NASM, the National Association of Schools of Music.

We invite you to explore this site and Dean's Musings to learn why KU is the right place to develop your artistic, creative, and expressive passions.

Dean William J. Mowder


Dean's Office Staff

Dr. William J. Mowder, Dean - email

Dr. Michelle Kiec, Associate Dean - email

Debra Mengel, Administrative Assistant to the Dean - email

Joselyn Wynter, Secretary - email

Faculty Highlights

Communication Studies Professor Dr. Andrea Mitnick was granted her second Fulbright Award. In spring 2014, she will present lectures on interpersonal communication, leadership and American media to both students and faculty at the Budapest College of Communication, Business and the Arts.

Student Highlights

The KU Wind Ensemble performed an evening concert at the Kennedy Center as a featured university ensemble for the Washington DC International Music Festival on April 22, 2013.

Schaeffer Auditorium Renovation Project