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History

1966

Kennesaw Junior College opens its doors; programs include music and art.

1972

Permanent Collection of Art started.

1977

KJC becomes Kennesaw College.

1980

Kennesaw College awards first four-year degrees—Music major Marty Barrett Ansorge is the first graduate.
Music Building opens.

1983

School of Arts and Behavioral Sciences created.
Department of Music created.

1985

Accreditation received from the National Association of Schools of Music.
Department of Music renamed Department of Music and Performing Arts.

1986

Department of Visual Arts created.

1988

Kennesaw College renamed Kennesaw State College.

1989

Joe Mack Wilson Building opens.
Howard Logan Stillwell Theater opens.
Fine Arts Gallery opens.

1996

KSC becomes Kennesaw State University.
Department of Music and Performing Arts split into Department of Music and Department of Theater.

1998

School of the Arts created.

2001

Accreditation received from the National Association of Schools of Theatre.

2002

Visual Arts Building opens
First Annual Benefit Gala presented--In six years, this event raised more than $1 million for scholarships.

2004

Department of Theater becomes Department of Theatre and Performance Studies.

2005

School of the Arts becomes College of the Arts.

2006

Accreditation received from National Association of Schools of Art and Design

2007

Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center opens.
The Don Russell Clayton Gallery and Anna Henriequez Atrium opens in the Bailey Center.

2008

Dance major created.
Department of Music becomes the School of Music.
KSU designated an “All-Steinway School.”

2009

Wilson Building Annex opens.
First graduate program—MAT in Art—launched.

2010

Department of Theatre and Performance Studies becomes Department of Theatre, Performance Studies and Dance.

2011

Art history major created.
Dance Studios opened at Chastain Pointe.

2012

Black Box Theater named Onyx Theater.
Department of Dance and Department of Theatre and Performance Studies are separated.
Department of Visual Arts becomes School of Art and Design.

2013

Dr. Patty Poulter becomes the second dean of the College of the Arts, following Joe Meeks's retirement.

2014

The Zuckerman Museum of Art, part of the Department of Museums, Archives & Rare Books, opens.
The Malinda Jolley Mortin Gallery opens with a generous endowment gift.

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