College of Fine Arts Celebrations of Scholarship Presentations



Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibitions

The Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition is the culmination of each BFA student’s focus over their final 4 semesters in the respective studio areas. Each student's overall body of work must demonstrate a highly developed understanding of the methods, techniques, and aesthetic concepts as per 2 areas of studio work., in addition to an artist statement that is well written and clearly identifies key ideas, concepts, techniques, and influences.


Arts Technology and Administration​

  • Detained Video by Conner Cloney

  • HIT Video by Anne Longman


American Advertising Award Winners

Students in Arts Technology classes: Kade Nylen, Zach Cook, Elsa Rotramel, Taylor Isaia, Conner Cloney and Anne Longman each won 2020 regional-level American Advertising Awards (ADDY) from the American Advertising Federation this past February. Their wins mark the third consecutive year that Millikin students have won ADDY awards for their creative excellence.  The American Advertising Awards is one of the industry's largest creative competitions, attracting nearly 35,000 professional and student entries each year through local club competitions. The mission of the American Advertising Awards is to recognize and reward the spirit of creative excellence in advertising. 


Images in Motion Film Festival

A presentation detailing student planning for next year’s Images in Motion Film Festival. The presentation includes graphics, a short animation and student ideas for publicizing next year’s events.

  • Students involved include Claire Eppley, Kade Nylen, Elsa Rotramel, and Michael Schutz

Arts Technology and Administration and The English Department

Spring 2020 Issue of BURST Magazine

BURST magazine is a collaboration between the English and Arts Technology departments at Millikin. This year’s issue was led by editor-in-chief Erica Mooney and a team of editors, all English majors at Millikin, with assistance from faculty advisor Julie Bates. The articles were written by students from English, Communication, and Education on topics that touch on the theme “Empowerment.” Students in Professor Jessa Wilcoxen’s Computer Art & Design: Creative Concepts course designed this issue, and students from Millikin Creates assisted with photography and cover design.  Students involved are as follows: 

Editor-in-Chief: Erica Mooney

Associate Editor: Alexseñia Ralat

Copyeditors: Tressa Rudolph, Kathryn Coffey

Writers: Ashley Brown, Marissa Bournias, Alexander Collins, Kathryn Coffey, Jordan Diver, Kionah Flowers, Anna Gambol, Liam Hayden, Rebekah Icenesse, Nicole Scott, Sydney Sinks, Aubrey Staton Designers: Kathryn Bouxsein, Claire Eppley, Ricky Esparza, Anne Longman, Molly McCool, Kade Nylan, Elsa Rotramel, Mike Schutz, Frieda Smith

Millikin Creates: Allison Brannon, Kat Franklin, Justin Taylor

School of ​Theatre and Dance

Ten-minute plays 

Ten-minute plays written by students in TH 325: Playwriting, taught by Dr. Tom Robson.  They are read by students in the School of Theatre & Dance. Each of these plays was workshopped in class during the first half of the semester, revised, and then shared again in recent weeks.

  • THE BOX by Alex Naranjo 

Actors: Spencer Avery, Payten Humphreys, and Alex Naranjo

  • STUDY BUDDIES by Alex Saviano (link in spreadsheet)

Actors: Gabe Henderson, Jocelyn Neidballa, and Sofia D’Alessio

  • A COMPROMISE by Ruth Zielke

Actors: Liz Atchley, Justin Nelson, and Austin Tipton

Solstice: A Concert of Dance 

For the last several years, Millikin dance students and faculty have participated in the American College Dance Association’s Regional Conference, which gives students a valuable Performance Learning opportunity. Due to COVID-19, this year’s conference was cancelled. Students would have performed for, taken classes from, and auditioned with dance academics and professionals who are prominent in the field.  Adjudicators would have reviewed pieces choreographed by faculty and students from each university.  The following clips represent the work of students and were recorded at Solstice: A Concert of Dance in December.

  • Two of a Kind 

Choreographer: Anna Corvera

Dancers: Mackenzie Barnett, Katie Czajkowski

Music: "Satin Doll" by Duke Ellington

Lighting Design: Matthew Albrecht

Costume Design: Anna Corvera

  • Static

Choreographer: Katie Czajkowski

Dancers: Megan Batty, Nathan Bonsall, Collin Bradley, Amanda Dulny, Jake Faragalli, Abigail Gawart, Roberto Graff, Emily Long, Michellina McNaughton, Hannah Ottenfeld, Olivia Tharpe

Music: "From the Air" by Mandy Patinkin

Lighting Design: Matthew Albrecht

Costume Design: Quinnyata Bellows 

  • Moving Bodies in Space

Choreographer: Anna Corvera, in collaboration with dancers

Dancers: Megan Batty, Nathan Bonsall, Collin Bradley, Katie Czajkowski, Amanda Dulny, Jake Faragalli, Abigail Gawart, Roberto Graff, Emily Long, Michellina McNaughton, Hannah Ottenfeld, Olivia Tharpe

Music: "Pale Blue Dot" by Carl Sagan, "Saturn" by Sleeping At Last

Lighting Design: Matthew Albrecht

Costume Design: Quinnyata Bellows

  • Gasl[ove]ight (in google drive)

Choreographer: Nathan Bonsall

Dancers: Nathan Bonsall, Collin Bradley

Music: "Anyone Who Knows What Love Is" by Irma Thomas

Lighting Design: Stark Winter

Costume Design: Nathan Bonsall


School of Music

Each year, students in the School of Music engage extensively in the creative and performative processes of their craft. Events ranging from solo recitals to combined vocal and instrumental concerts encompass just a portion of their artistic output. The following selections are a cross-section of their work from the truncated 2020-21 performance season.

  • Keyboard Suite in Bb Major, HWV 434, by G. F. Handel

Leah Wier, piano

  • December Songs by Maury Yeston

Delaney Schmidt and Emily Long

A multi-media combination of song, dance, and film in a rendition of “December Songs” by Maury Yeston. This song cycle consists of ten songs that all follow a female protagonist. Her story begins at the beginning of a bad breakup. Throughout the song cycle, we follow her on her journey of heartbreak, self-discovery, and healing. Here are two selections:

  • December Songs - When Your Love Is New by Delaney Schmidt & Emily Long

  • December Songs - My Grandmother's Love Letters by Delaney Schmidt & Emily Long

  • Rivers of Rage by Matthew Coley (world premiere)

 Millikin Chamber Percussion Ensemble

  • Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert & Sullivan

Millikin Opera Theater & Millikin Chamber Orchestra, produced by School of Theater & Dance

  • Gaelic Symphony in E Minor – I. Allegro con fuoco by Amy Beach

Millikin Decatur Symphony Orchestra

  • Gloria Patri by John Rutter

Combined Choirs

  • Concerto for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble by Garrett Gillingham (world premiere)

Millikin Symphonic Wind Ensemble