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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Artists can cross lines that medical professionals sometimes don’t have the space to.
Denison’s Bluegrass Ensemble embraces the old-time radio-hour genre for a virtual performance.
An intense collaboration between dance and a museum exhibition yields profound insights on Black culture — and an astonishing video.
Assistant Professor Belinda Andrews-Smith has won the American Prize for directing the student performance of ‘Chicago.’
In the Summer of 2020, Sarah Hume ‘22 found a great internship with Story magazine through a Denison Narrative Journalism program.
Author Pam Houston ‘83 gets kudos and the Colorado Book Award for creative nonfiction for her book “Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country.”
via Parker Chronicle
The Wolves shows the complexity of adolescent friendship, as well as the strength and fierceness of these blossoming adults.
Visiting prof. Doug Swift’s short documentary explores life in a former Ohio mining community.
via The Daily Yonder
Dan Ewen ’96 had to keep faith in his work for more than a decade for Playing with Fire, a 96-minute movie that took more than 12 years to make.

Liz Anastasiadis ‘21

Screen playwright Jeffrey Hatcher ‘80 shares behind-the-scenes intel about “the Good Liar,” starring Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen
via Weirton Daily Times
The American Prize has recognized Denison music faculty for their talent and skill.
Enjoy an interview with renowned cellist Matt Haimovitz, a Vail Series artist performing “A Movable Feast” over this week at Denison.
via WOSU
A Denison Museum art exhibit titled About Ourselves/Inside Ourselves explores queer history and identity.

Liz Anastasiadis ‘21

‘Playing With Fire,’ the latest movie from writer and comedian Dan Ewen ‘96, just hit the screens.
via Walden media
An internship with Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre fulfills a dream — and grows important skillsets for Destiny Mack ‘21
During her commencement speech, Jennifer Garner ‘94 suggested dressing as a mailbox for Halloween — she made good!
via Women's Health
Antics on the Chicago Bulls’ basketball court got SNL’s Alex Moffat ‘04 noticed.
via Chicago Tribune
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to adapt award-winning animated series BoJack Horseman to the stage poses some creative challenges.
Diego Rubey ‘19 and Jordan Fehr ‘07 get great reviews for their performances in ‘Tiny Beautiful Things’ by Columbus’ Available Light Theatre.
via Columbus Dispatch
Denison announces a new collaboration with Third Coast Percussion, a Grammy-winning, artist-run quartet of classically-trained percussionists.
Denison dedicates the Eisner Center, highlighting the interdisciplinary energy of dance, music and theatre.
Denison’s beloved Vail Series celebrates 40 years with a stellar line-up.
via Newark Advocate
Artist and professor Jamie Olivier ‘94 has been appointed to the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission
via Hays Post
“Work Like a Dog Day” is celebrated with poems about our canine friends. Enjoy ‘Mongrel Heart’ by David Baker & ‘Dharma’ by Billy Collins.
via Daily Kos
Mo Stemen ‘07 shares some stories and tips (hobbies can become a business) from her vantage point inside the production of “The Lion King”
The New England Foundation for the Arts has awarded Denison a grant for a performing arts initiative.
The Licking County community is welcomed to Denison’s Eisner Center during an open house and self-guided tour.
via Newark Advocate
An NYTimes reviewer notes “the elegant language and turbulent feeling” of Prof. Ann Townsend’s recent volume of poetry, “Dear Delinquent.”
via New York Times
Professor of Music Ching-chu Hu recalls conductor Leonard Bernstein.
Mentoring by faculty & professionals Columbus gave Sara Abou Rashed ’21 the confidence to create a one-woman show about her experience as an immigrant.
The Gospel Choir and Denison jazz artists celebrated the history and influences of the Harlem Renaissance.
For 25 years the Jonathan Reynolds Workshop has shown young writers how to find their voice & develop the expertise to become exceptional writers.
Sam Fujikawa ’22 and Meg Odell ’19 gain experience and technique as they perform for competitions and in productions.
Alex Lopez ‘19 has been filming in Rwanda over the past two summers, telling the story of a young man with HIV.
Resident artists Christian and Anne Manns pay tribute to local history through exhibition “Monumental!”
An Interdisciplinary Museum Studies Class
The day after winning an Emmy, documentary filmmaker Elaine Sheldon visited Denison and Newark

Savannah Delgross ‘19

The Columbus community previewed “A Map of Myself,” a one-woman performance by Sara Abou Rashed ‘21, about her short-yet-complex personal history.
via Columbus Alive
A student response to “Defining Childhood: Growing up in the US (1860-1940).”

Sophia Raak ‘20

The Vail Series opens with a U.S. premiere — Pablo Ziegler — and adds a night of jazz, a tribute to Leonard Bernstein, and a farewell to ETHEL.
via Newark Advocate
HyeKyung Lee, associate professor of music, has been awarded a prestigious orchestral commission for the Eastern Music Festival.
The American Prize in Composition for instrumental chamber music, professional division, has been awarded to Professor of Music Ching-chu Hu.
Former economics major Sahil Vasudeva ‘08 stretches the boundaries of classical music with an “Un-Recital” at the Royal Opera House in India.
via The Hindu
Associate Professor Sheilah ReStack receives a $43,800 grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, for ‘Future From Inside.’
Actor/Singer John Davidson ‘63 looks back over his long career in entertainment during his run as “Hook” in “Finding Neverland.”
via Tulsa World
Just two weeks after winning their 5th Grammy, the electrifying Ladysmith Black Mambazo takes to the Swasey stage.
via Newark Advocate
Alliance Theatre and Artistic Director Susan Booth ‘85 were awarded $250K Women’s Leadership Grant, part of BOLD Theater Women’s Leadership Circle.
via Arts Atlanta
Denison students Rachel Azbell ’19 and Anthony Bruno ’20 accepted into the 2018 Jazz Education Connection of Ohio Intercollegiate Jazz Ensemble.