This Week at SOTA

NKU School of the Arts - Oct. 15, 2020

Interconnected Design Lecture Series

Eastern Kentucky University, Murray State University, Northern Kentucky University, Western Kentucky University, the University of Kentucky, and University of Louisville, in partnership with AIGA Louisville, AIGA Cincinnati and AIGA Nashville, are proud to announce Interconnected, a new, state-wide design lecture series for the 2020-21 academic year. This year’s focus — Black Voices in Design — aims to diversify and decolonize our pedagogical practices and design curricula.


NKU’s Visual Communication Design (VCD) is proud to be collaborating on Interconnected. Please join us tonight at 7 p.m. EST to hear from Britt Davis, Senior Designer for the Atlanta Falcons (AMB Sports + Entertainment).

About Britt Davis:

Born and raised in the artsy city of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Britt Davis has always been drawn to the arts. From building intricate LEGO sets to drawing sneakers from Eastbay magazine, her childhood was full of creativity and design. Today, Britt's designs are fueled by creative innovation and driven by the opportunity to use design as a platform to inspire others. Britt is an Alumna of North Carolina State University, where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Industrial design and still enjoys participating in Alumni Association events. She went on to earn her Master of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from Savannah College of Art and Design. Her educational accolades are matched by her professional experiences, which include designing for ESPN, Viacom, SB Nation, WNBA, NASCAR, multiple universities and professional sports teams, and individual athletes.

Norse Artist Series Continues

The Norse Artist Series continues tomorrow with Will Brandstetter, Tour Manager for Mannheim Steamroller and Alton Brown: Eat Your Science tour. These events are open to the public via Zoom Fridays at 1 p.m. Recordings of past panels are available to view on the SOTA YouTube channel.

From Indiana's Governor, Eric Holcomb

As you may recall, one of the first "official" acts I made as Governor was building a full-court basketball court at the Governors Residence. This weekend, we installed a backboard on the Brown County Cabin garage.


And, then... to be able to read/review this incredible book on the front porch. Thumbing through it I can almost hear the guns come alive, smell the surroundings all the while itching for the ball.


Even among all the challenges of the day.... proof... Life is good!


Chris Smith, lecturer of photography, along with photographer Michael E. Keating, has been on a virtual press tour for their new book "Chasing Indiana's Game: The Hoosier Hardwood Project." The book is currently available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and others.

Music Faculty Elected to NATS Exec Committee

Congratulations to Music Program Vocal Area faculty who were elected to the Executive Committee of the Kentucky chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)! Joy Burdette will serve as Secretary and Ellen Graham will serve as an At-large committee member of Kentucky NATS.

SOTA Hosts Community Conversations

SOTA has launched the SOTA Summit Series, a new virtual roundtable. Led by SOTA’s Michael Hatton and Daryl Harris, the series hosts guest professionals in the arts to prompt conversation and the exchange of ideas.


The first topic kicked off on Oct. 7 with Experiencing Race in the Arts: Battles and Biases. Harris and Hatton talked with Gee Horton, a visual artist and Mercantile Library’s first African American Artist-in-Residence, Jaime Morales-Matos, a music director of Central Ohio Symphony, and Darnell Pierre Benjamin, a dancer, director, choreographer, educator with Pones and the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.


The next session begins on Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. to discuss Arts in the Age of Me Too: Women in the Arts. Guests include Meghan Bennett, NKU faculty member and a classical flautist, Kim Popa, NKU alumna and executive director and co-founder of Pones, which provides artistic opportunities for community growth by creating engaging new ways for audiences to experience dance, and Kayla Upthegrove, NKU alumna and the first African American female jazz saxophonist to work in Greater Cincinnati.


The final session of the Summit Series is on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. The final topic focuses on Equity and Allyship: LGBTQ+ in the Arts. Along with a student panel, Ronnie Gladden breaks down his diversity leadership work and research. Gladden coined the term, transgracial theory, which embodies the intersection of the transgender and transracial phenomena.


Details are available on the SOTA Summit Series webpage and on the NKU Theatre + Dance Facebook page.

Alumni Spotlight: Zachary Mills

Zachary Mills (BME Music Education 2013) is entering his fifth year as music teacher at Saint Mary School Hyde Park. He is also Music Director at Saint Simon Parish in Delhi, Ohio. Zachary completed his Orff certification from CCM and received a Master's degree in Music Education from Miami University. He and his wife Kelly recently welcomed their first child into their family!

Alumni Spotlight: David Wischer

David Wischer (BFA Graphic Design, 2000) is an Assistant Professor of Digital and Print Media at the University of Kentucky. He currently has work in an online exhibition, FACT/itious, at Morlan Gallery, Transylvania University. David will also have work in the exhibition, This is America*, at UK Art Museum through February 2021.

VCD Alumni branding work featured in Print

Good news to share about four Visual Communication Design alumni (Austin Dunbar, Josh Jacob, Nick Smith and Alex Arias) that compromise the branding consultancy, Durham, in Covington. Their branding work for the new eatery and outdoor courtyard called, Covington Yard, was featured as Brand of the Day in the highly regarded industry journal, Print.

Calling All Alumni!

We have revamped our Alumni pages and would love to have you share your story with us! If you graduated from any SOTA program, fill out our Alumni Update form and you may be featured on our website and other publications!


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Photos from around campus