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Sources: Jonathan Holden, 785-532-0388,;
Nancy Morrow, 785-532-6605,;
and Julie Pentz, 785-532-5411,
News release prepared by: Katie Mayes, 785-532-6415,

Monday, March 16, 2009


MANHATTAN -- Three Kansas State University professors have received Mid-Career Fellowships from the Kansas Arts Commission.

Jonathan Holden, university distinguished professor of English, Nancy Morrow, associate professor of art, and Julie Pentz, assistant professor of dance, were honored at a Topeka reception March 4.

The awards recognize artistic merit, sustained achievement and excellence in all art disciplines.

Holden is former poet laureate of Kansas and is K-State's poet-in-residence. He has won a number of awards and has received two fellowships in creative writing from the National Endowment for the Arts, one for poetry and one for creative nonfiction writing. Holden also was one of three judges for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry in 2000. He is a widely published poet and critic. Holden has a bachelor's degree in English from Oberlin College, a master's degree in English with creative writing from San Francisco State College and a doctorate in English from the University of Colorado.

Morrow is one of 20 national members of the A.I.R. Gallery in New York and has participated in more than 100 exhibitions throughout the U.S., as well as in Japan, Slovakia, Germany, Hungary and Mexico. She has won a number of awards and has been a visiting artist at several universities. Morrow is currently the coordinator of painting in K-State's department or art. She has a bachelor's in fine arts and a master's in fine arts, both from the University of Washington.

Pentz is the director of K-State's dance program. She has performed with the National Tap Ensemble and worked with master tap teachers, including Gregory Hines and Savion Glover. Her artistic and teaching opportunities have taken her to Taiwan, Italy, Spain and, most recently, Ghana, Africa. She has a master's in fine arts from the University of Arizona and a bachelor's in fine arts in dance from Shenandoah Conservatory.

The Kansas Arts Commission is the state agency dedicated to promoting and supporting the arts in Kansas. Its mission is to provide opportunities for the people of Kansas to experience, celebrate and value the arts throughout their lives.