College of Fine Arts Hall of Fame selects five Recipients for 2020


The Wichita State University College of Fine Arts Hall of Fame will honor five Shockers as the 2020 class of inductees.

“The College of Fine Arts has a long and storied tradition of superb faculty, backed by unbelievably supportive patrons who have mentored students that have gone on to national and international prominence in their chosen profession," Rodney Miller, dean of the College of Fine Arts, said. “This class is but a fraction of the deserving people who have been associated with the fine arts at Wichita State.”

The 2020 class of the CFA Hall of Fame were to be honored at a special Hall of Fame Gala on May 12th. However, in lieu of a face-to-face induction, the College will post a virtual Hall of Fame that will be posted on its website. 

The 2020 members are: 

Alumni: Former Wichita State students have distinguished themselves in the arts and who have been out of school for at least five years.

  • Julius Thomas III: Nationally acclaimed Broadway performer
  • Shawn Chastain: Nationally known choral director and arts administrator
  • Bob Workman: Nationally recognized museum director, arts administrator and educator

Patron: Community donors or patrons who have given time and resources for the betterment of the fine arts at Wichita State. 

  • Music Associates: School of Music donor organization who have reached the one million mark in fundraising.

Mentor: Retired Wichita State faculty or staff members or administrators who have supported, inspired and motivated the wichita state community in the area of fine arts. 

  • Mary Jane Teall: Nationally recognized theatre director, educator and administrator. 

Inductees into the Hall of Fame are chosen by a selection committee that includes Wichita State administrators, College of Fine Arts patrons and retired faculty members. 

The College of Fine Arts at Wichita State is one of the most respected schools of visual and performing arts in the nation and comprises the School of Art, Design and Creative Industries, the School of Digital Arts, the School of Music and the School of performing Arts. 

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