College of Fine Arts and Communication

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Recognized as a thriving visual arts center for Maryland, the college offers music performances, films, dance concerts, debates, lectures and workshops, theatre productions, a daily campus television show, and art exhibitions. You can find information on upcoming events at:

The Strength of a Student

Posted August 7, 2013

If it is true what Swami said, "The harder the struggle, the more glorious the triumph," than in a couple months when Jeané Baker receives her diploma she will be one of the most triumphant of her class.  Jeané Baker a Mass Communications Major has had more than her share of struggles even before coming to Towson.  Since her senior year of high school Jeané has cared for a younger sister, with the help of her grandmother, and has worked one if not two jobs to pay household bills. For most of us that would be enough, but Baker was determined to get her degree and will be the first in her family to earn a college diploma.

The Baltimore Sun, July 27, 2013

Jim Paulsen, Sentinel Magic #29

Paulsen's Work on Display

Posted June 12, 2013

Last August sculptor Jim Paulsen retired from Towson after teaching for more than 30 years.  He did not, however, retire from creating colorful works for people to delight in.  Recently Paulsen's work, "Sentinel Magic," was selected to be part of Howard Counties ARTsites. Works of art will be on display at 12 sites throughout Howard County during this year-long exhibition.

The Business Monthly, June 12, 2013

Photo: Sentinel Magic #29

Forensics celebrates 50 years

Posted June 12, 2013

Towson University and the state of Maryland recognized the 50th anniversary of the TU Forensics program this year. The celebration was chaired by Steve Mister ’85, with support from Cynthia Cooper, chair of the department, and Jennifer Potter, the director of the Forensics program and forensics alumni Mike Rowe ’85,know for his numerous programs on the Discovery Channel recorded a video message that was shown to the audience. Read more.

Great Debate

Lenny Herrera
Photo: Sophomore Lenny Herrera

Oldenburg Exchange

Posted May 16, 2013

On May 18 twenty-five Towson University students and teachers will be leaving for Oldenburg, Germany. They will be working with the Institute for Music at Oldenburg University and seven students from Cuba; using music, percussion, and dance as a tool to explore the collaborative process between three very diverse cultures in the hopes of coming together to form one collective voice. This semester the class has been working to get ready for the trip. According to one of the students involved, Christy Senita, the class had several philosophical conversations about incredibly deep concepts such as, "what is love?" and, "what is time?" and has worked to gain both a more universal appreciation of these concepts, as well as, exploring their own personal thoughts and emotional reactions to these concepts. The group will return on June 6th and in September students and teachers from the Institute for Music at Oldenburg University will travel to Towson.

Moving to Learn

Posted April 30, 2013

Towson’s Department of Dance K-12 Education Program and TU Community Dance have designed a curriculum combining science and movement. Instructors use movement as a way to help students learn about the Earth and the cause and effect relationships. Currently the Department of Dance program collaborates with Port Discovery Children’s Museum to offer the program to preschool groups.

Department of Dance

The Baltimore Times, April 19, 2013

Word on the Street

Posted April 23, 2013

Assistant Professor Jessica Ring and Towson students from the Graphic Design: Social Issues class have been collaborating with Word on the Street during the last few semesters.  The class works on the layout of the paper but also hears some of the personal stories of those involved with the paper.  In an interview with WYPR, previous student John talks about his experience in the class, "We want to do something different than just sit at a computer all day... this was a big eye opener."

WYPR, The Signal, April 19, 2013

Art Works are the Awards

Posted April 18, 2013

Two Towson design students, Jessica Searfino and Amanda Paunil, created awards for the InvestMaryland Challenge.  Using the 3D object lab and the idea of "imitating a seed growing" the girls made three ivory-colored awards. 

MD Biz News, April 17, 2013

15th Win

Posted April 18, 2013

The Towson Dance Team wins its 15th consecutive title at the 2013 national championships. Tom Cascella, Department of Theatre Arts, has been the team’s longtime coach.

Towson News


Asian Arts and Culture Exhibit

Posted April 18, 2013

Siona Benjamin merges her Indian, Jewish, and American background in her vibrant paintings. 

Baltimore Jewish Times, April 18, 2013


Posted April 9, 2013

Towson Associate Professor Amanda Burnham has been working with the Maryland Art Place IMPACT Program for the last week creating a mural in the Towson Town Center Mall using images from downtown Towson. This fun and engaging work can be seen on a large wall in the Crate & Barrel Court .

The Baltimore Sun, April 8, 2013

Stephen Nunns


Posted March 26, 2013

Towson University Theatre Arts MFA Program director, Stephen Nunns, co-directed "Play."  The show, by playwright Samuel Beckett, was presented by Acme Corporation in Baltimore.

City Paper, March 20, 2013


The Baltimore Sun, March 18, 2013

    Photo: Stephen Nunns

Richard Vatz

Media Bias

Posted April 2, 2013

Professor Vatz responds to Taylor's article in The Baltimore Sun, "Vatz is a taxpayer-supported agent of bias," March 19. You can see more of Vatz on April 3 at 7pm.  He will be a panelist for a town hall meeting hosted by Fox 45.. The topic will be "The Proper Role of Government".

The Baltimore Sun, March 19, 2013

Posted March 26, 2013

Professor Vatz shares his view on media bias with The Baltimore Sun readers.

The Baltimore Sun, March 18, 2013

Photo: Richard Vatz


"Teen show...cutting edge"

Posted March 26, 2013

Stelter, with The New York Times, quotes Professor Beth Haller in his article about the ABC Family show "Switched at Birth."  

The New York Times, March 8, 2013

Beth Haller    Photo: Beth Haller         

For Celtic Music visit Alum

Posted March 14, 2013

Alumni Andy Thurston studied classical guitar at Towson University, but the sound from his guitar is no longer classical.  Thurston can be found Wednesday's playing and teaching Celtic music at Appalachian Bluegrass in Catonsville, MD. The Baltimore Sun, March 14, 2013

Vincent Thomas



10 Years of VTDance

Posted March 12, 2013

Vincent Thomas, Department of Dance Professor and founder of VT Dance, is celebrating 10 years of VTDance with 2 shows at Theatre Project March 16 & 17. More


Photo: Vincent Thomas



Posted March 8, 2013

Jenee Mateer, Department of Art + Design Professor, presents her work at the TAC Gallery in Towson, 40 West Chesapeake Ave, March 8- April 27. 




Posted March 8, 2013

Department of Theatre Arts Professor, Steve Satta, directs the play, Slipping, at the Iron Crow.  The show will run March 30-April 13.  More

Alumni Lights up the Stage

Posted March 8, 2013

Alum Amy Schumer shares some interesting inspiration with Andy Downing from The Capital Times. Amy graduated from the Department of Theatre Arts in 2003, was on NBC's Last Comic Standing, and has a sketch comedy show premiering this spring on Comedy Central. More

Drumming with Shanahan

Posted March 8, 2013

Department of Music Faculty, N. Scott Robinson, a member of the Datura Trio, performed with guest percussionist Shane Shanahan. More

Tony Simmons,  Brianna Oxenford (TU student), Courtney Stasko (TU student)


Students help Word on the Street

Posted Feb 26, 2013

Assistant Professor, Jessica Ring's students from Graphic Design for Social Issues do not just sit in the classroom.  They are working with, Word on the Street, helping design layouts for each edition. More


Photo from left to right:
Tony Simmons (WOTS), TU Students Brianna Oxenford & Courtney Stasko


An Inspiration to Many

Posted Feb 19, 2013

Your past does not always dictate who you will become. Based on his youth few would have guessed Charles S. Dutton would be the man he is today.  Dutton graduated from Towson State University's Theatre Department in ’78 and went on to the Yale School of Drama. Dutton has performed his one-man play based on his life, "From Jail to Yale: Serving Time on Stage," at the Logan Center for the Arts, at the University of Houston, and at Morgan State University, to name a few. More

Asian Arts & Culture Center Brings Colette Fu

Posted Feb 15, 2013

Photographer and artist Colette Fu will demonstrate her talent during a workshop March 2. For more information.


2012 Glass Menagerie - Department of Theatre Arts"The Glass Menagerie" Continues at MET

Posted Feb14, 2013

Towson Professor Peter Wray directs the Maryland Ensemble Theatre's production of "The Glass Menagerie."  Not that long ago, October, Towson's Department of Theatre Arts was wrapped up in their own production of the play.  

Photo: "The Glass Menagerie" Towson University Department of Theatre Arts 10/2012


WHNPA Still Photographer of the Year

Posted Feb 13, 2013

Alumni, Patrick Smith, was named Photographer of the Year by the White House News Photographers Association. Patrick was a mass communication major and is now a freelance photojournalist in the Baltimore-Washington area.

More of Smith’s photography can also be seen on his website and blog.

Winter Break Debate

Posted Feb 13, 2013Korey & Ameena

Towson University Forensics students spent their winterbreak debating at three tournaments and came back with a number of victories. Two debate teams, Ameena Ruffin and Korey Johnson and Kevin Whitley and Lenny Herrera, traveled to Texas for 12 days of competition at two different universities. The two teams will travel to the district tournament in February to compete for a spot at the National Debate Tournament in Ogden, Utah, this April. More

Photograph L to R: Korey Johnson and Ameena Ruffin

Playing with Light

Posted Feb 21, 2013

This Friday, February 22 at 2pm in Smith Hall, Room 420, Jenn Figg and Matt McCormack will discuss their collaborative research on electromechanical kinetic light sculptures.  More

A Surprising Response

Posted Feb 14, 2013

Towson University acting major Matthew Jeffers wrote a letter to the Baltimore Ravens simply to provide some perspective to the team, who was reeling from a three-game losing streak. What happened next surprised everyone. Read More



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