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Community collaboration and service are important to the Department of Art and Design!


Empty Bowls 

Many students and faculty participate each year in the “Empty Bowls” project to benefit area sites providing food to those in need.  Read more about this national initiative to fight hunger through the arts at or contact the MSU coordinator, Seth Green, Assistant Professor of Art at 606-783-2787 or  

 Empty Bowls 


Bluegrass Discovery Academy 

Art education faculty and students share their time, skills and creativity by teaching art to students enrolled in the Bluegrass Discovery Academy, a Rowan County Alternative School.  To learn more about the BDA, visit their “Pictures in Place” special narrative photography project or contact Jean Petsch, Assistant Professor of Art Education at 606-783-2548 or


The Eastern Kentucky Arts Project 

The Eastern Kentucky Arts Project affords students the opportunity to help strengthen Eastern Kentucky communities by providing information on the region’s arts-related resources.  Students engage in a range of service learning activities, such as interviewing regional artists, creating graphic design materials for non-profits related to the arts, researching regional art history, and designing and helping maintain the website ( and Facebook page (  For more information contact Joy Gritton, Associate Professor of Art History at 783-2762 or



Haldeman Community Center After School Program 

Art and Design faculty and students collaborate with colleagues in dance, theater, music, and honors to staff the Haldeman Community Center After School Program, an enrichment initiative that helps strengthen academic achievement and personal growth through the arts.  To learn more, visit the HCC Facebook page at, or contact Joy Gritton, associate professor of art history at 783-2762 or



 Mount Sterling MSU Juried Art Student Exhibition 

Art and Design faculty and students have collaborated for fourteen years with the Montgomery County Council for the Arts to present the Mt. Sterling MSU Juried Art Student Exhibition. Held in the Gateway Center for the Arts Gallery, the exhibition features two and three-dimensional art and design created by students at all class levels.  Cay Lane, Executive Director of the MCCA says, “This exhibit has evolved into a wonderful display of the talent of MSU Art students and has consistently had one of our largest crowds.”  For more information contact Associate Professor Dongfeng Li at 783-2764 or


Summer Arts Academy 

Faculty also participate in the MSU Summer Arts Academy, a weeklong in-residence opportunity for high school students experience music, theatre, dance, art and design and creative writing instruction on campus.  For more information on this program, see  

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