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Mariam Shaban reading her speech at the artist talk during the Juried Student Exhibition opening ceremony.

NKU’s BFA Senior Exhibition exhibits work reflecting cultural identity and perseverance Visuals:

Andrea Turner, Reporter May 4, 2022

   A tearful goodbye was in order for graduating senior Mariam Shaban as she took the floor during this semester’s BFA Senior Exhibition artist talk at Northern Kentucky University. Her exhibit...

Taylor Musgroves self portrait for the @nkusocial Instagram account.

SOTA artist discusses recent projects

Kiley Steiner, Contributor April 18, 2021

Noelle Stevenson. Mel Springer. These names may not be familiar to some, but for Senior Visual Communication Design (VCD) Major Taylor Musgrove they serve as inspiration for her own artwork.  Musgrove...

Assistant Professor Brian Carlson goes over a mock pipette demonstration with the class.

‘It’s all about trying to adapt’: professors prepare for the unknown this semester

Rachel Smith, News Editor August 21, 2020

While NKU has mostly transitioned to an online format this semester, some knowledge can’t be learned through a computer screen. As some students return for in-person classes, professors are preparing...

SOTA Senior Exhibition brings mummy, marketplace to campus

SOTA Senior Exhibition brings mummy, marketplace to campus

Alyssa Weber, Reporter December 13, 2019
One of the only places where you could view a mummy and a marketplace under the same roof resided in SOTA this week. 
Students painting The Red Horses with chalk.

SOTA Showcase brings the arts outdoors

Corinne Byrne, Assistant Arts & Life Editor October 21, 2019
The air is warm and the sun is shining—perfect weather for an outdoor concert at Loch Norse that draws students and community members alike to campus on a Saturday afternoon. Black, yellow and white balloons line the sidewalk, along with chalk art, leading visitors from a do-it-yourself screen printing station to the live performances of Broadway songs, musical theatre previews, jazz ensembles and rhythm and blues groups.

McCombs fills SOTA Visual Arts Chair

Mackenzie Manley, Contributor September 8, 2015

  The landscape of NKU’s art programs has shifted since the new School of the Arts was introduced, many of those changes coming with the administration.  The new school includes the formerly...

NKU weighs in on the 2015 Oscar nominees

NKU weighs in on the 2015 Oscar nominees

Nancy Curtis, Editor-In-Chief February 19, 2015

Beloved actors, long time favorites, a current British phenomenon and even a battle between the two men who’ve portrayed the Incredible Hulk on the big screen. These are just a few of the plethora of...

Ken Jones accepting the School of the Arts director position. Jones has worked for Disney and has directed multiple musicals on the NKU mainstage. - See more at:

Ken Jones named director of new School of the Arts

Mac Payton, Reporter February 12, 2015

Ken Jones, who has been the chair of the theater and dance department at NKU for 11 years, has recently been named the director of the new School of the Arts, approved by the Board of Regents on last month. The...

The African Elephant  is one of the species documented in Joel Sartores Photo Ark that is on display in one of NKUs FotoFocus galleries.

National Geographic photographer introduces NKU to a world half-empty

Kiana Berry, Staff Reporter October 17, 2014

“50 percent of all species by 2100 will be headed towards extinction,” said National Geographic photographer of 22 years, Joel Sartore. Thus sparked the motivation behind the Photo Ark, a collection...

Creator of Boogie Bones, Barb Piatt and her dog Boogie show off her homemade dog treats. She bakes many different flavors of dog treats and has begun working on new recipes for cat treats as well. Some of the flavors she offers are Liverlicious Treats, Peanut Butter Bones and Cheesy Paws.

PHOTOS: CliftonFest brings artisan vendors and musicians to neighborhood

Ally Jasper, Contributer October 1, 2014

The Clifton Fest completed its third annual gathering this past weekend in Clifton on Ludlow Ave. Vendors displayed their products, artists covered sidewalks with drawings, and musicians performed throughout...

Gautraud sits at the work station where he edited together the footage that would become My Moms Motorcycle. Sitting on his desk are several of the sentimental items featured in the short film.

Former NKU student shares his insight about giving and legacy through short film

Kiana Berry, Contributor September 10, 2014

In five minutes Douglas Gautraud, 24, directs viewers through an exploration of his grandfather’s lives, his new perspective on success and his beliefs on giving. "My Mom’s Motorcycle", Gautraud’s...

Two students view faculty members photographs as part of the current art exhibition.

Sneak a peek into this spring’s art exhibits

Carrie Crotzer, Contributing Writer January 30, 2014

Modern artistic expression using technology, bronze work and even mini waffle trucks are all a part of the eccentric range of pieces which can be found in the current Full and Part-time Visual Arts Faculty...

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