College of Fine Arts

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The College of Fine Arts sets students on the path to successful careers as professional performers,
composers, directors, designers, educators, and curators. See what some of our students and graduates are achieving...

Television commercial and film actor
Ryan Woodle appeared in a Foot Locker shoe commercial with NBA star Kevin Garnett during the Super Bowl XLI broadcast, and he also has been featured in television commercials for Domino's Pizza, Comedy Central, Carraba's Italian Grill, and Combos. He has acted in four independently produced films, with a leading role in an upcoming comedy. Woodle graduated from Ball State in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in theatre.

Vocalist with Grammy-winning Chanticleer
Jace Wittig, baritone, is a member of the Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer, hailed by the New Yorker magazine as "America's favorite choral ensemble" and praised by the Los Angeles Times for its "luxurious perfection." Wittig graduated from Ball State in 2004. He studied voice with Craig Priebe and piano with James Helton and participated in Opera Theatre, Chamber Choir, and the University Singers.

New York City dancer and Rockette
Debra Denys Smith has worked in New York City for several years. In the past year alone, she taught and choreographed for numerous dance schools and theatre camps and performed on the Broadway stage in the Nothin' Like a Dame annual benefit. Her performing credits include A Christmas Carol (Madison Square Garden), Anything Goes (Lincoln Center benefit), Funny Girl (The Actors Fund benefit), Fame! (European tour), Steel Pier (national tour), and Crazy For You (PBS Great Performances). She also has been a Rockette in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York.

Bolivia's only professional harpist
Rachel Browne is the principal harpist of the National Symphony Orchestra of Bolivia and the only professional harpist in that country. She has established a harp program at the University of La Paz and teaches more than a dozen students. She also performs with a chamber music group that presents both classical music and traditional music of the Andes. Browne graduated from Ball State with a bachelor's degree in music.

Avon High School art department chair
Lindsay Fulton chairs the art department at Avon High School (Indiana), where she teaches a variety of classes including Introduction to 2-D Art, Drawing I and II, and Ceramics I and II. She also is the Art Club sponsor and Fine Arts Academic Team coach and paints sets for school musicals. She began teaching at Avon in June 2005. Before that, she taught for one year at Carmel Elementary School and helped to open the Gaylor Art Gallery. Fulton graduated from Ball State in 2004 with a degree in visual arts education, having received three scholarships as an outstanding art education major.

St. Louis Symphony bassoonist
Andrew Gott became the assistant principal bassoon with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in 2006. Before that, he was principal bassoon with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. He also recently received the Ball State School of Music Citation of Achievement, an award given annually to an outstanding alumnus who has reached high levels of distinction within his or her field of music. Gott graduated from Ball State in 1998 with a bachelor's degree in music, studying with Keith Sweger, and completed his graduate work at Rice University in 2000. 

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