March 13, 2017

Wayne State's College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts Celebrates 38th Arts Achievement Awards

The College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts (CFPCA) at Wayne State University will honor The Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady during its 38th Arts Achievement Awards. At this event, outstanding alumni and former students will be recognized for their dedication to and advocacy for the arts and communication, and for achievements in their respective fields.

The 2017 Arts Achievement Awards will take place on Saturday, March 25, in the university’s Student Center.

Prady, who co-created The Big Bang Theory in 2007, is a four-time Emmy-nominated executive producer. He began working in entertainment at Jim Henson Productions and has written a number of television specials, including the Presidential Inaugural Celebration for Children, for which he won a Cable Ace Award.

“We are delighted to celebrate Bill’s success as a producer,” said Matthew Seeger, CFPCA dean. “While he has made it to the top of the heap in Hollywood, he is still a Detroiter. We like to believe that some of his creativity comes from his time at Wayne State.”

Prady will receive the university’s college-level Arts Advocacy Award and be recognized among several departmental honorees at the March 25 event, which is free and open to the public. Interested guests are encouraged to RSVP by March 21.

Other 2017 honorees include:

  • Don GonyeaCareer Achievement Award in the Field of Communication  
  • Susan F. RossenCareer Achievement Award in the Field of Art and Art History
  • Charlotte MerkersonCareer Achievement Award in the Field of Music
  • Phillip W. MossCareer Achievement Award in Theatre

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The College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts at Wayne State University serves 2,500 students majoring in 17 undergraduate and 10 graduate programs through the James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History, the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance, the Department of Music and the Department of Communication.

Wayne State University, located in the heart of Detroit’s Midtown Cultural Center, is a premier urban research institution offering nearly 350 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 27,000 students.


Da’Stanza Murphy
Phone: 313-577-5448

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