State of the Arts

NKU School of the Arts - Sept. 21, 2021

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Faculty artist recital this Thursday

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Join us for an evening of music by Johannes Brahms on Thursday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. in Greaves Concert Hall, featuring the introspective Intermezzi Op. 117, the dramatic "Von ewiger Liebe," and the monumental Horn Trio Op. 40.


  • Richard Van Dyke, piano
  • Kimberly Gelbwasser Lazzeri, soprano
  • William Herzog, violin
  • Linda Elliott Glover, French horn


Admission is free. Parking is available in Lots D & I.

Fierstein’s “Torch Song” opens Sept. 29

The 21/22 Theatre + Dance season kicks off with Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song running Sept. 29-Oct. 9, 2021 at NKU’s Stauss Theatre. Tickets are available at nku.edu/sotatickets.


Torch Song is the two-act revival of Harvey Fierstein's Tony Award-winning Torch Song Trilogy. The life of Arnold Beckoff, a torch song-singing, Jewish drag queen living in New York City, is dramatized over the span of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Told with a friendly, human voice, Torch Song follows Arnold's odyssey to find happiness in New York. Along the way, Arnold experiences love, loss, and misadventure. A visit from his overbearing mother reminds him that he needs one thing more: respect.

Visual Arts faculty exhibition at Weston Art Gallery

Jee Eun Lee, Assistant Professor of Spatial Arts - Ceramics, currently has an exhibition entitled "Drift Series: A Dream within a Dream" at the Weston Art Gallery through Nov. 7.


Lee is inspired by water as a powerful motif in her hand-built ceramic figurative sculptures. Exploring the relationship between human life and the natural world, Lee will install an undulating array of clay figures that will flow across two prominent walls in the Weston’s street-level space.


Cincinnati Arts Association will initiate a new policy starting September 13 that will require theater patrons coming to the Aronoff and Music Hall to show proof of vaccination (or negative COVID-19 test result) to enter performances. This will also apply to the Weston Art Gallery.

Art alum makes debut on Food Network

Alex Narramore (BA Studio Arts, 2012) is a self-taught baker who makes extraordinary cakes with hand-sculpted and hand-painted sugar flowers. She has earned several awards since starting her business and has high visibility in her field. This past July, Alex appeared on The Food Network as an expert judge representing Kentucky on "Buddy vs. Duff."


Theatre alum nominated for Emmy

Philip Hoffman (BA Theatre, 1992) went to film school at Columbia College Chicago, then packed up for an internship in Hollywood. Since then, he has worked on visual effects for such shows as Under The Dome, The Newsroom, Fahrenheit 451, and The Boys. He was recently nominated for an Emmy for The Umbrella Academy.

Art alum donates show proceeds to benefit future of fresh water

Matthew C. Shackelford (New Media Art, 2015), a Temple University lecturer, donated $500 from proceeds of his recent art show to Stroud™ Water Research Center’s Future of Fresh Water Initiative Environmental Education Fund. After working with his mentor, Brad McCombs, on a project called the Driftwood Institute, Shackelford found his true passion was reaching wide ranges of people to become environmental stewards through art.

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