Visual Arts

UK names new fine arts dean

The University of Kentucky has named Michael Tick, chair of the department of theater at Louisiana State University, as the new dean of the College of Fine Arts.

Tick is also the producing artistic director of Swine Palace, a not-for-profit professional theater company connected to LSU that serves Baton Rouge.

He has been at LSU since 1999. Before that, he was in southeastern Virginia, where he was instrumental in founding the state's Governor's School for the Arts and served on the faculty at Old Dominion University. Tick has also taught at, among others, the University of Rhode Island, Northwestern University and Harvard. He has a master's degree from Northwestern and a doctorate from New York University.

Outside of academia, he has worked with Trinity Repertory Company, the Newport Music Festival, Newport Jazz Festival and produced several shows that have toured nationally and internationally.

Tick, who will begin work at UK in July, succeeds Robert Shay, who has served as dean since 1998.

"Although I leave behind two daughters at LSU, I will have no problem 'seeing blue!'" Tick said in a UK news release. "It's truly a privilege and an honor to be in this position, and I greatly appreciate the tremendous vote of confidence. My wife, Cathy, and I, along with our 10-year old daughter, Abbie, look forward to relocating to Lexington."