The arts at ETSU had humble beginnings in 1911 when Elizabeth Slocumb was hired to teach drawing in what was then the Department of Industrial Arts. Since that time, the arts have grown to encompass a wide variety of the visual and performing arts: visual art, design, music, theatre, dance, digital media, storytelling, bluegrass, and other areas. The arts challenge us to experience processes of thinking, feeling, knowing, interpreting, and communicating, and the campus is alive with activities that provide opportunities to experience the arts in many ways.
The Mary B. Martin School of the Arts was created in February 2009 to provide a focal point for the arts at ETSU that will provide students and the general public with a new level of awareness of the visual and performing arts. More information about the school, about Mary B. Martin, and about our goals is found on this web site.
Our home in the southern Appalachians gives us a rich base to experience the arts. The region abounds in history, arts, and culture. The area is well-known for the traditional music generated here, and the beginnings of the Craft Revival happened within the surrounding region. Drawing upon this regional base, ETSU faculty, students, and alumni continue to make significant contributions to the arts and culture of our region and beyond. Our students grow rapidly during their academic careers, and our students, faculty, and alumni are often showcased in both national and international venues.
At ETSU, you will experience a community of vibrant and active artists and activities. Our diverse offerings attract a variety of audiences from the very young to the young at heart. Join us.
Anita DeAngelis, MFA
Director, Mary B. Martin School of the Arts
Associate Dean for the Arts, College of Arts and Sciences
Professor, Department of Art and Design
ETSU Arts Events