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May 2020


Dear Friends of the TCU College of Fine Arts,

While the weeks since spring break 2020 have looked markedly different than how we envisioned finishing the semester, I am encouraged and inspired by the perseverance, creativity and eagerness to help that our students, faculty and staff have demonstrated during the pandemic. I hope you will take a few moments to read this edition of our e-newsletter, which highlights a few of the resourceful ways those in our college have applied their talents.

I also want to proudly congratulate our graduating students who have continued to accomplish so much during this difficult time. I look forward hopefully to an opportunity to celebrate their achievements in person at our planned commencement ceremony on August 8.

Finally, we miss seeing you at the performances, exhibitions, recitals and other events that we had planned for this spring and summer. I, along with all of my colleagues, look forward to the time we can all come together again to celebrate the incredible fine arts at TCU.

Please, stay safe and stay healthy.


Richard C. Gipson


School of Art professor 3D prints PPE for local health care workers
Associate professor Nick Bontrager is using 3D printers to make face shields for local health care workers amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
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TCU choral ensembles premiere student composition—virtually
The TCU Concert Chorale and University Singers performed junior Patrick Vu’s composition “Day is Dying”, a piece that conveys hope and trust.
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Graphic design student designs new-to-market hand sanitizer label
Junior Derek Bowers designed the product label for Hand In Hand Instant Hand Sanitizer in just one week.
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The self-reflective process of art making in quarantine
The students in Dan Jian’s Life Studies art class channeled their unique experiences into a creative process that resulted in the course’s final project, Quarantine Panorama.
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TCU alma mater performed virtually by Theatre students and School of Music ensembles

To spread positivity throughout the TCU community, many talented fine arts students came together—virtually—to perform the alma mater, including several musical theatre and voice students, the Cello Studio, student leadership of the TCU Horned Frog Band, and members of the vocal jazz ensemble.


The TCU College of Fine Arts congratulates our John V. Roach Honors College 2020 Senior Scholars!

John David Cope, School of Music
Alli Franken, Department of Theatre
Kayce Patterson Goen, Department of Design
Rose Therese Kotopka, School for Classical & Contemporary Dance
Hannah Marie Merritt, School of Art
Katherine Vezzetti, Department of Fashion Merchandising

Selected by faculty consensus in their respective schools and departments, these exceptional seniors represent academic excellence and outstanding achievement. While Senior Scholars are typically honored at the Convocation of Academic Excellence in April each year, we are proud to recognize this year’s students virtually.