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Photography: Rebecca Bailey





Faculty Presentations





Faculty Publications





Faculty Grants/Contracts




Faculty Recognitions





Other Faculty Professional Activities


Majors in Graduate School/ Professional School

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Majors Receiving Recognition


Fine & Performing Arts Faculty & Students Participation

BSU Choirs Performance


Message from the DFPA Chairperson Dr. Clarence Knight, Jr.



Task Achievements



Departmental Retention Efforts





DATE:July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009

AA PROGRAMS Some major revisions and additions have been made in the Department this past year. The Computer Graphics Concentration has been changed its name to Visual Communication & Digital Media Arts (VCDMA). This change was made to bring the program more in line with the industry Standards that are currently being used. We have also submitted a new BS major in VCDMA, with concentrations in: Advertising Design, Digital Cinema & Time-Based Media, Animation & Motion Graphics, Fashion Design and Digital Media Arts. This proposal will be presented as new major to MHEC in 2009. This program has also enjoyed a substantial increase in its population this past year. This year we also proposed a new BS major in MUSIC EDUCATION, this too will be sent onto MHEC for review and approval.

We have also initiated two new minors: 1) Visual Culture & Museum Studies (Art/Computer Graphics) and 2) Acting Minor (Theatre Arts). All programs have attracted more majors and minors this past year. The Theater Program has been solidified into the Theater Arts (BS) Degree program with two Concentrations: Acting and Directing and Musical Theater. The Music Technology Concentration added two important Adjuncts to its Faculty this year. Mr. David Cannon, who teaches the 400 level courses, is a product of The Grammy Board, as well as the winner of several Grammy’s for his work in the Industry as a producer and studio technician.We also added Marcus Johnson, a world-renowned musician, who current music is currently listed on Billboard. Mr. Johnson, of Three Keys Music, has been teaching our ART 470 Self-Promotion & Marketing in the Arts course, originally developed/taught by Prof. Melchishua, that teaches fine arts majors, skills in business and marketing. This wealth of knowledge and experience offers an enhanced opportunity for our students seeking the Fine Arts Degree with a Concentration in Music Technology.

Several courses have been updated, revised, and/or added to our curriculum as new courses: ART 200 African Art History, ART 270 Fashion Network, ART 251 Photography II, ART 295 Introduction to Textiles, ART 342 New Media: Public & Installation Art, ART 352 Digital Photography, ART 365 History of Fashion, ART 367 Design History, ART 375 Sewing Studio, ART 380 Flat Pattern Design, ART 386 Fashion Draping, ART 390 Fashion Illustration, ART 394 History of Animation (co-taught and cross-listed in Communications, with Dr. Pamela O’ Brien, Dept. of Communications) ART 321 Experimental Painting & Digital Textiles, ART 408 Visual Culture (Hip-hop Studies, Urban and Contemporary Art), ART 465 Computer Aided-Design (CAD), ART 420 Painting Studio (Advanced), ART 470 SelfPromotion & Marketing ART 496/497 3D Animation & Modeling I & II, ART 486 Fashion Draping II. This is especially true in regards to ART and THEATER. In these cases, these courses were needed to make those majors more in tune with standards in the art, visual communication (design), and theatre industries.


PRESENTATIONS, PROGRAMS, AND ACTIVITIES This has been an extremely busy year in the Department. The University Band has been participating in numerous activities on campus, in the surrounding communities, and out of state. A major effort was made in its recruitment efforts this year appearing at a number of festivals and recruitment seminars throughout the country and winning several first place awards. The University Choir has been out of state this year, appearing in the All College Choir Festival in New York and New Jersey.

in Art and Music to discuss careers in design, as well as the multimedia and the entertainment business. Students have access to the latest technology and equipment in, digital video production, visual effects, lighting and digital photography, green screen and backdrops. Students also have access to research, printing, scanning and full internet access in the VCDMA digital arts lab, usually 6 to 7 days of the week with evening and weekend lab access; as well as DVDs, materials, books, professional and industry journals dedicated to art/design, visual communication, animaThe Gospel Choir has its usual tion, busy schedule on and off cam- media studies, etc. both in the pus. They also finished their first lab and also in the undergraduate library. The DFPA provides CD Project with rave reviews. 18-hour access to studios for Our special events such as: design, digital imaging, The Fine Arts Festival, The Holiday Concerts, The Theatrical Presentations, and numerous other activities were at banner levels this past year. The excitement that was generated as a result of the overwhelming exposure has added to the increase in enrollment we are presently enjoying. Computer Graphics (VCDMA) partnered with FocusOnDesign, to hold a free portfolio review, business seminar and annual REALITY CHECK, for students

4)Improve Program and Concentration Assessment, as well as develop concentrations into majors, as well as seek accreditation 5)Review of DFPA Strategic Plan, goals, objectives, strategies and benchmark indicators The visual and performing arts will continue as a major, communications medium in the real world, and Bowie State Univer-

sity will not miss its chance to reassert it’s contributions. Add to this the obvious benefits of NEW INITIATIVES: rounding out the curriculum as The befits a “university,” and reDepartment plans to increase its efforts with establishing BowieState Unirecruitment and reten- versity as a center of learning, tion initiatives this new culture, research, and the arts, School Year. Our three for not only Prince George’s County, but for the State of major goals for the Maryland. year are:

1)Enhance existing Fine and Performing Arts programming to meet the current and future industry standards 2)Recruit and retain a larger number of Fine and Performing Arts Majors 3)Improve Program and Concentration Assessment

Music Technology Laboratory Music Technology Lab support two classes the department presently offers the new curriculum in Music Technology. Students presently use the lab to support their projects in electronic music as well as other classes such as Music Theory, Music History, etc. The electronic music lab is equipped 4

COMPUTER GRAPHICS/VCDMA DIGITAL ARTS digital imaging, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, with state-of-the art peripherals to provide instruction in electronic traditional arts, crafts, and ceramics. and computer-assisted music. PERSONNEL The Computer Graphics/imaging 14 Full-Time Faculty Laboratory supports the ComART Assistant Professor puter Graphics Concentration Lang, Clayton MFA Professor and offers courses for humanities Mester, Clark E. MFA Assistant Professor electives and general electives for Lewis, Gina MFA Assistant Professor the university at large. The VCD- Melchishua, Tewodross MFA Professor - Area Coordinator MA program in the Department of Ward, Robert Ph. D Fine & Performing Arts, is committed and prepared to proMUSIC vide students with access to the Holmes, Marymal D.M.A. Professor/Area Coordinator Professor / Department Chair latest in technology, equipment, Knight, Clarence Ed.D Assistant Professor/Tech Coord. art preparation materials and in- Pryor, Gilbert MA novation. Currently, there are (3) Wright, Adolph M.M.Ed Instructor - Band Director studios for painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, design and photography; (2) darkrooms and (1) state-of-the-art Apple digital THEATER Theater Tech / Lecturer MA media arts lab. Bartlett, Robert Assistant Professor MFA Charlow, Renee Assistant Professor MFA Students have access to the lat- Dorsey, Jennifer Professor, Area Coordinator Ph.D. est technology and equipment in, Medford, Gail Assistant Professor MA digital video production, visual Moffitt, Elliott effects, lighting and digital photography, green screen and back3 Part-Time Faculty drops. Students also have access MUSIC Lecturer / Gospel Choir (1996 – 2009) Ph.D. to research, printing, scanning Hillsman, Joan Lecturer / Piano and full internet access in the Wrenn, Latonya Assistant Band Director VCDMA digital arts lab, usually 6 Bennett, Billy to 7 days of the week with evening and weekend lab access; as 12 Adjunct Faculty well as DVDs, materials, books, professional and industry journals MUSIC Instructor / Electronic Music dedicated to art/design, visual Matthew Allen Instructor / Recording & Production communication, animation, David Cannon Instructor / Sax media studies, etc. both in the lab James Kerns Instructor / Tuba and also in the undergraduate li- David Marsh III Instructor / Guitar brary. The DFPA provides 18-hour Thomas Newman Instructor / Flute access to studios for design, Janese Sampson Instructor / Vocal Brian Semos 5

digital imaging, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, traditional arts, crafts, and ceramics. ART Valerie Chisholm Marcus Johnson George Tuggle Myron Smith

Instructor / Fashion (Computer Graphics/VCDMA) Instructor / Marketing (DFPA/VCDMA) Instructor / (Computer Graphics/VCDMA) Instructor / (Computer Graphics/VCDMA)

THEATER Evan Crump David Hooker

Theater Technician Theater Technician

The department also employs specialist in art and music to assist our students in specific areas. STUDENTS Enrollment Annualized Data – Fall 2008 – Spring 2009 ******* Freshmen 91







Total 223

BACHELOR OF ARTS - FINE ARTS Reginald K. Barrington Felisha E. Harris Gedeon F. Longtchi Ricardo A. Mowatt Samuel Nimako Stephanie R. Powell Latoya C. Rawls Stephanie L. Russell Atiya D. Sanders Brooke A. Seldon Joann M. Walker Montiono R. Whitted Antoine Bell

Raiona D. Bailey Joel N. Thomas Jamal Gillespie Kevin Bell Carmelo Rivera Nicole Tucker Brahn Jenkins Ethel Bowles Derris Owens Jennifer Conde Bryane Broadie Antwan Hannie


MAJORS RECEIVING RECOGNITION Latin Honors Cum Laude: Antoine Bell Academic Recognition Bowie State University Choirs performance during the Academic Year Bowie State University Choir Performances Sep 24, 2008: Opening Convocation, Myers Auditorium Nov 2008: Fall Music Seminar Dec 6, 2008: Annual Holiday Concert – Beulah Peters Concert Hall Feb 14, 2008 Spring Convocation – Samuel L. Myers, MLK Auditorium March 29, 2009 Concert of Choirs – MLK Auditorium Bowie State University Gospel Choir Sept 24, 2008: Fall Convocation, MLK Auditorium Nov 12, 2008: New Home Baptist Church Nov 19, 2008: Gospel Choir Mid-Day Concert, Wiseman Center Nov 19, 2008: Sociology Club Talent Show, CLT 102 Dec 2008: Sheila Miller, Computer Graphic (VCDMA), inducted as President, Alpha Chi Honor Society Dec 3, 2008: Holiday Hollies, MLK Commons Feb 14, 2009: Spring Convocation – Samuel L. Myers, MLK Auditorium Feb 14, 2009: Gospel Extravaganza – CLT 102 – Black History Month Feb 2009: Spring Convocation Feb 18, 2009: Black History Month – US Environmental Protection Agency April 18,2008: This is Gospel – Fine Arts Festival – MLK Commons April 23-24, 2008: New York & New Jersey Gospel Choir Tour May 2009: Samantha Key, Computer Graphic (VCDMA) student wins 1st place award for design for the Bowie State MARC Station Sector Plan Cover Design April 2009 Steven Stephenson, Computer Graphic (VCDMA) student, wins for best student design portfolio, FocusOnDesign Reality Check & Portfolio Review (Spring 2009)



Goal I: Provide High quality academic programs and support services

The Department has revised the concentration in Computer Graphics Art concentration program, curriculum and course offerings. The new program will be called Visual Communications & Digital Media Arts (VCDMA) and will include new concentration areas in Advertising Design, Animation & Motion Graphics, Digital Cinema & Time-Based Media, Fashion Design and Digital Media Arts. It will first be offered as tracks in these areas (except for Fashion Design) until final approval from MHEC. We also initiated new minor programs for Theatre Arts in Dance, Acting & Directing and in Art/Computer Graphics in Visual Culture & Museum Studies, both approved in 2008-9. These changes were necessary to make the program more marketable and provide the students with the necessary skills for industry employment. We have also made some significant revisions to the Theater Arts Degree Program. One significant change was adding the Musical Theater Concentration to that Degree Program. This will enable the students to acquire more concentrated experiences in Theater.


Goal II: Improve student recruitment, retention, and graduation rates. Recruitment The Department has a very aggressive recruitment program. Students are actively recruited through: 1) Our performing arts programs that includes: the Band program, the Concert and Gospel Choir, and the Theater Program. 2) Performances, exhibitions and lectures by our talented faculty 3) Master classes and other presentations presented by our faculty by our members at High Schools a Community Colleges. 4) Our association and active participation in community arts organizations and groups. 5) The annual VCDMA Reality Check and Portfolio Review; a business and career seminar for students 6) Visiting artist/designer, filmmaker, musician lectures, workshops screenings and performances for students 7) BSU Open House (we received an overwhelming response) 8) Student and faculty presentations as artist and presenters at conferences, shows, and other formal and informal gatherings. 9) Curators and adjudicators at art exhibitions and music festivals. 10) Distribution of Departmental Flyers and brochures through a variety of venues and procedures. 11) Articulation agreement was developed between DFPA/BSU and The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) in the areas of Computer Graphics (VCDMA). 9

12) Website, and promotional DVD, and other social online media

Goal III: Enhance Teacher Education

hardware and software in The Department has the digital media and music developed and presented technology areas. proposal for a new BS degree programs in Music Goal V: Promote Education. We are currently effective and developing (or reviving) the Art Education major, also efficient use of Retention as a BS degree. It would institutional eventually start as an unThe Department maintains, and dergraduate program, and resources constantly, revises its Retention lead to a fast-track graduate Plan. (see plan) Our efforts have program that consists of a This Department has alyielded larger graduation rates each Masters Art in teaching in ways adhered to this goal. It year. Summers Fellows grants that the areas of Education and serves the greater University involves creative art/design, anima- MAT Program. and Community with Art tion, research in fashion design, as Shows, Concerts, Theatriwell as digital art, and installation Professional Development: cal Productions, and many art projects with students in Art & Several faculty members other activities utilizing very Computer Graphics Art -VCDMA, are taking additional little resources. We also utiand students from other areas software training; are enlize students in Computer such as Communications). These rolled in doctoral programs Graphics Art with design, grants were awards to professors in various arts and educamarketing and other art Tewodross Melchishua and Gina tion disciplines. Lewis, with a focus on improving Goal IV: Enhance the accessibility to student recruitment and retention, through professional and management of information experience. 13) Involvement and membership in organizations such as Black Artists of DC, The National Alliance of Artists from HBCU’s (NAAHBCU), FocusOnDesign, AIGA and others

technology and resources The Department has two outstanding programs in information technology:

related projects for the department, College of Arts & Sciences and university as a whole.

These programs provide training that will enable our students to compete in a variety of fields once completed. We are also upgrading our facilities in terms of equipment, 10

DEPARTMENTAL RETENTION The provisions provided herein will constitute our Departmental Retention Plan for this School Year. This Plan will be reviewed annually and modified where necessary. DEPARTMENTAL PLAN 1. The Department will provide an updated copy of the Advisor/Advisee assignments to each faculty member in the Department 2. Schedule faculty coverage of registration during all registration periods. 3. Advisor will maintain student profiles that will include academic and nonacademic obligations. Factor in the following items: a) Work obligations b) Family commitments c) Other school related activities such as clubs, sports, fraternities and sororities, other social activities. 4. Establish a referral system with support service offices that may be used to assist our students

with special problems they may encounter. Such referrals may include: 〈 Counseling 〈 Financial aide 〈 Work study 〈 Scholarship assistance 〈 Internships/Apprenticeships 〈 Special populations

5. Follow up on all referrals 6. Promote cohesiveness through staging Faculty/Student activities such as: 〈 Creative workshops 〈 Informal and formal social gatherings 〈 Field trips 〈 Trips to conferences,shows, productions, galleries, etc. 7. Arrange for the students to represent the Department as artists, presenters, and performers. 8. Have mandatory scheduled conferences with all advisees between the 6th and 8th week each semester. Develop progress report form that will be presented to the Advisor at the scheduled conference. Place this requirement in all major class syllabi. 9. Have copies of mid-semester grades forwarded to the Department. To schedule follow-up conferences with advisee immediately following mid-semester if necessary.




Performed Native Son at The Ms. R. Charlow Mr. Robert Bartlett American Century Theater & At Bowie Sate University



Virginia Bowie, MD

Spring 2009 May 6, 2009 Sep. 27, 2008

Dr. Clarence Knight

Washington, DC Congressional Black Caucus - Phoenix Annual Awards Dinner

Dr. Clarence Knight

12th Annual Celebration of Leadership in the Fine Arts

Washington, DC

Spring 2009

Dr. Clarence Knight

Jazz at Five - Masonic Society

Bowie, MD

March 22, 2009

Tewodross Melchishua

Exhibiting Artist, National Library Week, Thurdgood Marshall Library, Bowie State University

Bowie, MD

April-August 2009

Tewodross Melchishua

Exhibiting Filmmaker, FLIK International Movie Festival & Interactive Art Exhibition, 2008, Art Whino, The National Harbor, National Harbor, MD (2008).

National Harbor, MD

Summer 2008

Tewodross Melchishua

Lecture on Hip-Hop and The Mis- Bowie, MD education of the Negro, to classes in the Dept. of English & Modern Languages, Bowie State University

Tewodross Melchishua

Lecture on motion graphics to classes in the Dept. of Communications, Bowie State University

Tewodross Melchishua

Guest hip-hop artists Labtekwon Bowie, MD and Bless Roxwell, gave presentation on hip-hop to students in ART 408 cours and invited guests

Bowie, MD

March 2009

Nov 2008



Tewodross Melchishua

Tewodross Melchishua

Tewodross Melchishua

Lecturer/Panelist, The 2008 National Organization of Minority Architects Annual Conference,EVOLVE: ExpandWashington, DC ing Our Horizons, Washington, DC; Topic: “No Community Left Behind” - The Education, Design, Technology and Access for Students of Color. Curator and featured artist, M3: MC’s, MICS and Metaphors Exhibition (hip-hop and urban art) The Flashpoint Gallery

Washington, DC

Technology of the Future in Edu- Silver Spring cation: Wiki textblogging on film? (part of SchoolDocs), The SilverDocs Film Festival, The American Film Institute, The AFI Silver Theatre

Fall 2008

Summer 2009

Summer 2009



NAME Dr. Joan Hillsman

TOPIC An African American Art Form



McCraw Hill Publishers






Summer Fellows Grant (Tewodross Melchishua)

Fashion & Textile Design Consultancy, Carmen Webber and Dyanne Marte, Fashion Designers/Instructors



Summer Fellows Grant (Tewodross Melchishua)

Music Video/Animation Production w/art/computer graphics students



Summer Fellows Grant (Gina Lewis)

Creative Research in Digital Arts and Installiation art/design with art/computer graphics students



Hip-Hop Arts Community Initiative Grant (co-PI, with hip-hop artist and educator Gabriel “Asheru” Benn). The DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities. Washington, DC. The grant will support the exhibition on hip-hop M3: MC’s, MICS & Metaphors, as well as the, reception, and publication of an exhibition, catalog, and study guide for youth on the subject of hip-hop.


FACULTY RECOGNITIONS APPLIED/NOT FUNDED: Clayton Lang, Study Abroad Grant, Michigan State University Tewodross Melchishua 1. Arts Integrated Research Experiences (AIRE) grant application,The MacArthur Foundation/HASTAC Digital Learning Competition, Applicant/PI (not funded). 2. Arts Integrated Research Experiences (ITEST) grant application, National Science Foundation, Applicant/PI (not funded)

Instructions: Provide a summary of faculty recognitions over the last academic year. Please use the reporting format below and number each faculty entry.




1) Dr. Joan Hillsman

GNWA Awards – For 48 years of service in the Washington, D.C. Area.

2) Dr. Joan Hillsman Ceremony 4/16/09

Excellence Award by DFPA & CAS at CAS Awards

3) Prof. Melchishua and students in Computer Graphics

(VCDMA) featured in articles in The PG Gazette and Bowie Blade newspapers, on digital art and AUDIOVISON event.




Prof. Renee Charlow

May 6 2009 – Theater play, Native Son. April 2009 – Theater reading and play for Fine Arts Festival. April 15 2009 - Lunchtime Theatre Prof. Renee Charlow. Feb 26 - 27 2009 – Theater play called Neglect with students. Dec 3 2008 – Plays with students Davis and Jackson called Black Friday. Student plays with Pearsall & Mays called Faith, Change and New Beginning. Student play with D Warren called Too Much or Not Enough.

Prof. Clayton Lang, Director of Art Galleries

Feb 12, 2009 – March 2009- Faculty Art Exhibition / Black History Month. April 14 2009 - Kente Weaving with Mr. Kwasi Asare from Africa. April 15, 2009- Juried Art Student Show and Reception April2008 – September 10, 2008 – Juried Art Student Art Exhibition Sep 30, 2008 – Artist’s Talk; Contemporary Glass: Hot Warm & Cold June 2008- Common Bond X, Strathmore Mansion, Rockville, MD

Dr. Clarence Knight Prof. Gina Lewis

Prof. Gilbert Pryor

Prof. Tewodross Melchishua

April 13, 2009 – Faculty Jazz Concert. December 14, 2008 – 27th Annual Meeting & Awards, PGCC 2008 Feb 2009 – Common Ground, Invitational Group Exhibition, Hampton University Museum April 14, 2009 – Art Film Screening Abstract Expression. April 14, 2009 – Artist Lecture with world known artist, Sam Gilliam April 2009 – Art Student Trip to Museums/Galleries in New York City May 14, 2009 – Computer Notation, Senior Project with Gedeon Longtchi April 2009 – BSU Bistro 2009 Musical Concert April 2009 – Created the department’s first Newsletter. April 2009 – Renaissance Festival with students at Kentland Center in Landover. Dec 11 2008 – Senior Project with Ricardo Mowatt Summer-Fall 2008 - Designer’s Without Borders (DWB); an international, design and mentoring program to students studying design in Uganda, West Africa. Feb 19 2009 – Afro-Punk. April 13 2009 – VCDMA Film Screening. April 2009 – Live Painting Workshop; Audiovision w/ Jeff Henriquez. April 16 2009 – InnaStudio Arts Magazine launch April 16, 2009 –Audiovision: AltsSoul Hip Hope interdisciplinary event. Juror, Paul Robeson Student Film Festival, Howard University, Dept. of Radio, Television & Film, School of Communications April 18 2009 – VCDMA & FocusonDesign Portfolio Review & Reality Check & Business Seminar.


2008 – production of short film and video in tribute to musician Thelonious Monk, and artist Romare Bearden called FunkyMonk November 2008 – Took students to visit various design/multimedia studios downtown Silver Spring, MD and Washington, DC Spring-Summer 2009- a animated/live action, music video for local neo-soul artist Bilal Salaam; with assistance of other producer/mentors and selected students in Computer Graphics Art & Communications (TV Production) at Bowie State University. “BSU Fine Arts Building Ground Breaking”

Prof. Elliott Moffitt April 14, 2009 – Comedy Performance Event with Mechelle Forman Dr. Clarence Knight

Spring 2009 – 12th Annual Celebration of Leadership in the Fine Arts. March 22, 2009 – Jazz at Five Concert – Masonic Society. February 4, 2009 – Spring Convocation Sept 27 2008 – Congressional Black Caucus, Pheonix annual awards dinner.

Prof. Adolph Wright

Dr. Marymal Holmes

Dr. Robert Ward Dr. Joan Hillsman

May 16, 2009- Spring Commencement – Concert Band April 19, 2009 - Founders Day Convocation - Jazz & Concert Bands, Prof. Wright and the BSU Gospel Choir, Dr. J. Hillsman April 14 2009 – Marching Band concert featuring Prof. Adolph Wright – Drums MUSIC/BANDS March 2009- National Band Directors Consortium – Atlanta – Band won three awards. Dec 6, 2009 - Holiday Concert, featuring the BSU Concert Band, with Adolph Wright, University Band Director April 2009 – Spring Music Seminar I March 29 2009 – Choral Festival Feb 13 2008 –Spring Convocation March 7 2008 – Spring Music Seminar I April 14 2008 Fine Arts Festival: Student Musical Recital. Dr. Marymal Holmes, MUSIC April 2009 – Art Student Trip to Museums/Galleries in New York City May 15, 2009 – Spring Commencement April 23-24 2009- Gospel Tour to New York and New Jersey. April 15 2009 – This is Gospel: A Historical Musical Journey, concert. Feb 14 2009 – Spring Convocation. Feb 22 2009 – Gospel Extravaganza Dec 3, 2008 – Holiday Hollies Nov 19 2008 – Sociology Club Talent Show. Nov 19 2008 – Mid-Day Concert & Raffle Nov 12 2008- New Home Baptist Church Concert, Landover,


OTHER DEPARTMENTAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS The Department of Fine and Performing Arts was re-organized into a single degree program. A Bachelor of Arts Degree is offered with concentrations in Art (Studio), Computer Graphics Art (VCDMA), Music and Music Technology. It is anticipated that the department will eventually expand to include Music Education, Art Education within the next 3-5 years. Musical Theater was added in the Spring 2007. Further enhancement is planned wherein the Department will expand its offerings in the area of Artist residences and Concert series. We are also looking into the possibility of preparing courses that will lead to a certificate in church music administration. There has been significant change and improvement in the performing capabilities of our Bands and Choirs. These organizations are being recognized as some of the finest in the State and soon to be, in the Country. The Department is beginning to attract a large number of very talented students that have great creative abilities and academic stability. An increase in the exposure of these units is anticipated during the coming year. Other academic incentives, with relevancy to the University and the job market, are being developed and will be offered in the near future. Some of these initiatives are in the areas of bronze casting with emphasis on photogenic casting, and the creation of 3D animation and modeling courses; advanced visual communication courses with a emphasis on design, new media, hip-hop and contemporary art/design, fashion design. Other content areas for courses include marketing/business in the arts, musical scoring; and, gospel music with an emphasis on theory, styles, and administration. It is planned that we will have an increase in gallery shows and seminars/demonstrations. This type of service is crucial to the cultural enhancement of the University and the community. Greater involvement will be made with our constituents and supporters to increase this necessary visibility. More theatrical productions (both large and small) will be presented utilizing a variety of venues in and around the campus and community. A series of concerts, presented by professionals and students, will be given on a regular basis during the coming year. Three new faculty positions were added to the Department this school year. Two in theater and one in Art. The addition of these positions allowed us to expand our offerings in the Department as well as increase our production capability. The Department also participated in the on-line syllabi committee and development sessions this year in preparation for the on-line registration for our students. The Department has an outstanding faculty and staff that has made significant contributions to the University, the county and state, and to federal national interests. These contributions will continue in the future.

Fine and Performing Arts Faculty and students participation in: (Concerts, Art Shows, Theater Productions, etc.) September 2008

BSU University Marching Band Fall Convocation, Dr. Marymal Holmes Fall Convocation, BSU Gospel Choir Fall Convocation

December 2008

BSU Gospel Choir Mid-day Concert University Choir Annual Holiday Concert

February 2009

BSU Theater Black Renaissance Bistro Art Faculty Exhibition 2009

March 2009

Spring Music Seminar I, BSU Dance Concert, Theater students trip to FBI in D.C Washington Noon Concert Series, BSU Art Collection, Dance Demonstration and Instructions, Theater play, “Two Trains Running”, Art Collaboration and Discussion, AUDIOVISION interdisciplinary event and performances, Live painting workshops, Noon Concert Series Bistro, Film Screenings, Student Music Seminar Salsa Dance Instructions, BSU Gospel Choir Cruise, Portfolio Review Studio visits with students, Students designed artwork, banners, and t-shirts for Dean, DFPA Faculty/Student Art Exhibitions, DFPA Spring Arts Festival; fundraiser for startup fund for Marissa Thomas (recently passed away and sales from t-shirt will go into a scholarship funs in her name and honor – T. Melchishua)

Nov. 2008-May 2009


Message from the DFPA Chairperson Dr. Clarence Knight, Jr. The arts are alive in the DFPA at Bowie State! Greetings from the DFPA. This academic year has been phenomenal and filled with great success. As you will see in this report, the department has initiated new programs, courses and curricular changes and added better resources and technology for our students and faulty. The DFPA is also excited about the groundbreaking for the forthcoming fine and performing arts building. This ceremony was attended by faculty, students, guests and dignitaries including the Honorable Governor Martin O’ Malley and our very own President Mickey L. Burnim. We are also proud of our new initiatives in the DFPA including a proposal submission to the USM Board of Regents and MHECC for a new BS major in Visual Communication & Digital Media Arts (VCDMA), a new minor in Visual Culture and Museum Studies, and one in Dance (Theatre Arts) and several new courses in fashion design, 3D animation and modeling and self-promotion and marketing in the arts. This course is actually being taught by award-wining musician Marcus Johnson of Three Keys Music. The DFPA also celebrated our third annual Spring Arts Festival in which students and faculty showcased their talents through art exhibitions, performances, dance workshops, lectures, screenings and more. Most events were open and free to the public. This was most meaningful due to the loss of one of our dear students in VCDMA, Ms. Marissa Thomas, who passed away last year. In fact the DFPA dedicated this year’s activities in her honor. DFPA alumnae and former MS. BSU, singer/performer, Ms. Tamara Wellons, gave a most wonderful performance as part of the Audiovision event; as did Bilal Salaam, Bless Roxwell and Jah-I-Witness. Jeff Henriquez also guided students though a special urban and live painting workshop and left the DFPA with a beautiful mural based on Afrika Bambaataa, famed hip-hop innovator. We also hosted the VCDMA film festival, Portfolio Review and Music Business Seminar, guest performances and a special lecture from famed artist Sam Gilliam. The remarkable Symphony o f Soul, University Band and BSU Gospel Choir also performed. A special musical showcase of Three Mo’Divas, directed by Prof. Latonya Wrenn; and an uplifting performance by the University Choir was also a treat. Our students and faculty have been recognized as well, and we look forward to more from them in the near future. Please take the time to learn more about the accomplishments within the department and please assist me in congratulating the hard work of students, faculty, staff and alumni. We look forward to years to come and more and thank the entire Bulldog family for their continued support. The best is yet to come. Best Regards, Clarence Knight, Jr., Ph.D Chairperson Department of Fine & Performing Arts


Photography, Rebecca Bailey Graphic Design, Michael Wilder


This is my design for the Department of Fine & Performing Arts Annual Report of Bowie State University.

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