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Welcome to the University of Kansas School of Fine Arts electronic news update! Please enjoy this sample of news and events happening in the Departments of Art, Design, Music & Dance, and the Lied Center of Kansas. To find additional information about KU School of Fine Arts news and events, visit our Web site at

KU School of Fine Arts welcomes new interim dean
On July 1, the KU School of Fine Arts will welcome a new interim dean. John L. Gronbeck-Tedesco will serve as dean of the KU School of Fine Arts during the 2008-2009 school year, taking over for Steven K. Hedden, who will return to the fine arts faculty after serving five years as dean. Read more

KU student designers score awards from national competition; KU design professor receives coveted “Golden Apple” award
KU design students took home awards from the 2008 Dallas Society of Visual Communications/DSVC National Student Show and Conference. A KU design professor also took home the prestigious 2008 Golden Apple Award, the DSVC’s version of the “Teacher of the Year” award. Read more

Textiles student wins $15,000 Windgate Foundation Fellowship grant
Stephanie Grebel Sato, an undergraduate student studying textiles, was recently named a recipient of the 2008 Windgate Foundation Fellowship Award. These fellowships are administered by The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design at the University of North Carolina in Hendersonville. Only 10 Fellows were selected from a pool of almost 90 national applicants. Read more

2008-09 Season Highlights at the Lied Center

For pre-selected or choose-your-own season packages for Lied Series events, call 785-864-2787 or for more event information, visit
Laurie Anderson’s HOMELAND
Friday, Sept. 12 – 7:30 p.m.

One of the seminal minds of our time, the critically acclaimed performance artist Laurie Anderson presents her newest work, HOMELAND; a multimedia response to Anderson’s own thoughts and reactions in post-September 11 New York City. The work uses the synthetic language of technology and the sensuous language of songwriting and poetry to capture Anderson’s compound reply. Don’t miss this visually stunning musical portrait of contemporary America that explores issues of fear, security, loneliness and isolation, technology and the gradual loss of freedom.
Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra
Wednesday, Nov. 5 – 7:30 p.m.

Be sure to join us for the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra as it celebrates the American Jewish Diaspora, performing works by Erich Walter Sternberg, Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland. These composers, all writing from the same cultural experience, defined the sound of American classical music. With their program of rich, memorable classical pop, the JSO will fill the Lied Center with melodic, expressive and inspired music.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Wednesday, Nov. 12 – 7:30 p.m.

Sweeney Todd, a man set on revenge, conspires with an enterprising pie maker in a cutthroat partnership to slice through London’s upper crust. This high-concept interpretation of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street features a nine-member cast performing as both actors and the show’s musicians. This sinister telling of the unusual tale promises spectacular drama, stirring music and razor-sharp entertainment.

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