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The College of Fine Arts

From stage to screen and paint to pictures, this college makes the arts fine


The College of Fine Arts is highly selective: Fewer than 200 new undergraduate students and 90 graduate students are admitted each fall. Yet the college has a profound influence on campus life and the community through music, dance, and theater performances, as well as film screenings, art exhibits, and lectures on the interdisciplinary arts. The college’s faculty and alumni have had a similar impact on their fields, both behind the scenes and right out front.


In 2001, the College of Fine Arts implemented a recognition program for outstanding alumni in each school within the college. Individuals are nominated and selected by the faculty and directors and invited back to Athens for the awards ceremony. Awardees recognized at the 2013 ceremony were (from left), Dr. You Fei, MFA ‘97 (School of Film); Dr. Yiyou Wang , PhD ’07 (School of Interdisciplinary Arts); Lesley Kennedy, BFA ‘93 (School of Dance); Interim Dean Madeleine Scott; Traci Molloy, MFA ‘97 (School of Art); Nancy Galbraith, BMUS ‘72 (School of Music); and Joel Ruark, BFA ‘78 (School of Theater). Photo by Levi Finley.


The College of Fine Arts Residential Learning Community (RLC) visited the Kennedy Museum of Art in fall 2012 as part of a class assignment. RLC peer mentors and museum student employees Laney Moreman (right) and Alex Damico (left) gave a tour for the first-year students through the galleries. The exhibition at the time was Multi-Pattern Navajo Weavings. Photo by Carlos Pacheco.


Each spring since 1974, the Athena Cinema has hosted the Athens International Film and Video Festival. Over 250 films and videos are chosen to present a global mix of genres, styles and approaches to filmmaking. Now entering its 40th year, the 2013 Athens International Film and Video Festival will take place April 12 – 18. Photo courtesy of University Communications and Marketing.

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Every year, incoming College of Fine Arts freshmen and transfer students attend the College of Fine Arts Welcome Weekend event. During this daylong program, students meet one another and interact with current students, faculty and staff as they rotate through interactive art sessions. In this session, graduate student Eric Paton (center) teaches new students Taiko drumming rhythms. Photo by Levi Finley.

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The School of Art exhibits student artwork in two of their main galleries, the Trisolini Gallery in Baker University Center and the Ohio University Art Gallery in Seigfred Hall. Pictured here are ceramic works by James Tingey, MFA ‘12, in the Ohio University Art Gallery. Photo courtesy of the School of Art.

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The School of Dance annually hosts the Winter Dance Concert, the largest dance concert, every spring semester. The concert showcases a wide selection of dance pieces, with students in the School of Dance performing routines choreographed by faculty. Photo by Linsi McCall.

School of Film

The School of Film offers two graduate degree programs and an Honors Tutorial program. Students study film history and theory and receive instruction on creating film as an art form. Students have the opportunity to show their completed films to their peers at special screenings held at the Athena Cinema. Photo courtesy of the School of Film.

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The School of Interdisciplinary Arts annually hosts an Interdisciplinary Seminar which features a guest lecturer and student discussions. Dr. Lucius Outlaw, professor of Philosophy and of African American and Diaspora Studies at Vanderbilt University, presented a lecture entitled “Ralph Waldo Ellison: The Not So Little Man Behind the US American Stove” at the 2012 seminar. Photo by Levi Finley.

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The School of Music offers two orchestral ensembles, the Symphony Orchestra and the Campus Orchestra, which welcome participation by all Ohio University students. All students have the opportunity to take part in the numerous performing ensembles and service organizations in the School of Music. Performances are often free and open to the public. Photo courtesy of the School of Music.

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Each year, a committee in the School of Theater selects four or five main-stage shows that serve the student body, performers, designers and writers, while also considering areas of study and faculty strengths. The committee compiles a season geared to access new plays, study older plays, meet the needs of our students and intrigue a community. Pictured is a scene from "War is F***ing Awesome" by Qui Nguyen in the 2011-12 season. Photo by Linsi McCall.