The arts intersect with nearly every facet of life at Denison. Students often bring a passion for the arts, and once here they find new ones. Whether on campus as part of academic study, student organizations, or individual interests, or off campus in the nearby cities of Columbus and Newark or as part of study abroad, the arts create countless threads that are woven into the fabric of the Denison campus.

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installation view from Stack for Carrington's Hyena
May 8, 2018

Associate Professor Sheilah ReStack Receives $43,800 Grant

Associate Professor Sheilah ReStack receives a $43,800 grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, for ‘Future From Inside.’

Students with instruments
April 3, 2018

New Music Ensemble Explores Modern Composers

The New Music Ensemble dives deep into the composers and music of today.

by Rosa Canales ‘20
Herb Porter '13
February 20, 2018

The Synergy of Science and Stage

Strong mentoring and great skills helped Herb Porter '13 move from a research lab onto the Broadway stage.

Burton Hall of Music
December 20, 2017

Students Accepted to Prestigious Music Ensemble

Denison students Rachel Azbell ’19 and Anthony Bruno ’20 accepted into the 2018 Jazz Education Connection of Ohio Intercollegiate Jazz Ensemble.

Panorama of Columbus
November 16, 2017

Columbus Arts Scene Spotlights Denison Connections

The Greater Columbus Arts Council just spotlighted two members of the Denison University family, Sara Abou Rashed ’21 and Andrew Levitt ’01.

The Burpees at TEDx Columbus
November 14, 2017

Improv Comedy with a Heart

Denison's Burpee's Seedy Theatrical Company uses a 24-hour marathon to raise funds for hurricane relief.

Students in studio
November 3, 2017

Soaking up art in New York City

Each year, studio art seniors travel to New York City to experience art in person, meet artists and take a pulse of the art world.

musician playing guitar
October 24, 2017

Jazz Guitar Festival Continues to Delight

The nation's longest-running Jazz Guitar Festival, launched at Denison in 1997 by Tom Carroll, continues to enthrall music-lovers.

Em Rooney
September 28, 2017

Art faculty debuts at MoMA

Em Rooney, a visiting assistant professor of studio art at Denison, is among the artists debuting in a new MoMA exhibit, “Being: New Photography 2018.”

Swasey Chapel at night
August 30, 2017

Vail Series Season Announced

Denison's acclaimed Vail Series announces its 2017-2018 season with Eroica Trio, Catherine Russell, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Eighth Blackbird.

Share cropper
February 17, 2017

Self-Evaluation and Metacognition as an Extension of Critique

Can a written reflection, following oral critique, help art students take greater responsibility for their work and their learning?

by Sheilah Wilson
Rendering of The Michael  D. Eisner Center for the Performing Arts
January 13, 2017

Denison announces new performing arts center

Denison University has announced a new performing arts building, made possible in part by a grant from The Eisner Foundation.

scaled theatre
November 10, 2016

Denison Theatre: 'The Traveller Returned'

Denison Theatre presents "The Traveller Returned," a revival of a play by the first woman playwright in the U.S.A. - and still surprisingly relevant.

Newark Advocate
art hanging in gallery
October 17, 2016

Brian Wills '92: solo show in Paris

Brian Wills '92, with Denison degrees in English and political science and a Master of Arts at Harvard, has opened his first Paris solo show.

Hal Holbrook as mark twain
October 11, 2016

Hal Holbrook '48 finds "truth in Twain"

Hal Holbrook '48 began his career presenting the wit and wisdom of Mark Twain on the Denison stage, He continues to bring Twain's relevance to audiences.

Newark Advocate
Denison Bluegrass Ensemble
October 11, 2016

Bluegrass takes to the road

When the Denison Bluegrass Ensemble headed to the international Bluegrass conference, there was learning and music on all sides.

Local landmark renovated and ready to open
September 29, 2016

Local landmark renovated and ready to open

Tom Atha '05 has renovated the former Crystal Ballroom in Newark. The grand reopening for newly christened Thirty-One West Ballroom takes place Oct. 4-8.

Columbus Alive
Bee hotel sculpture
August 24, 2016

Buzz on Campus

Entomology, literature, and design are fed by imagination in this cross-disciplinary student project.

August 23, 2016

Newark Arts Space and Billboard Project receive OAC grants

Two Denison University projects, the Newark Arts Space and the Billboard Project, have received combined Ohio Arts Council grants of close to $14,000.

group photo
August 22, 2016

Cinema majors become cinema makers

Four alumni start their careers together as a film production company in Columbus.

by Jay Burgin '17
Quinn Griffin
August 9, 2016

Story-telling: from the days of ancients to today

Quinn Griffin '10 is a classicist with Michigan's Grand Valley State University - she is also a talented vocalist.