On April 25, 2014, Magdalene Odundo will be honored with an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Florida following a nomination by College of Fine Arts faculty.
Magdalene Odundo is an international ceramic artist known for her distinct hand built anthropomorphic vessel forms. Born in Nairobi, Odundo grew up in Mombasa, Kenya, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in 3DD Ceramics from West Surrey College of Art & Design in Farnham, Surrey, UK, and a Masters of Arts in Ceramics from the Royal College of Art, London, UK. Odundo is Professor of Ceramics at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) in Surrey and is on UCA’s research team at the Crafts Study Centre. In 2008 she received an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours in recognition for her contribution to education and the arts and was the recipient of the African Art Recognition Award from Detroit Institute of Art in the same year. In 2012 she was awarded the African Heritage outstanding achievement in the arts.
The UF Flute Ensemble was the featured guest ensemble at FSU’s Flute Choir Day on April 12, 2014 in Tallahassee, Fla. The ensemble performed a recital, Associate Professor of Flute Kristen Stone taught a master class and the ensemble performed two pieces in combination with the FSU Flute Choir, including the world premiere of a beatbox flute choir arrangement of Saint-Saens’ Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah. Fifteen UF students performed on the trip, including music majors, flute minors and non-major members of the Flute Ensemble.
School of Music Associate Professor of Flute Kristen Stoner’s latest solo CD, Colors: Works for Flute by American Composers, was positively reviewed in the National Flute Association’s periodical, The Flutist Quarterly, Spring 2014 issue.
Congratulations, Professor Stoner!
Congratulations to SA+AH BFA alum Sarah Marraffino on being awarded the Bill Griffith Fellowship for K-12 Art teachers to Arrowmont School in Gatlinburg, Tenn., this summer. The award includes a one-month residency in a studio at Arrowmont, housing and the ability to take one class at Arrowmont during that time. The award enables a K-12 teacher to be rewarded with studio time in an inspirational atmosphere. Sarah is currently teaching at Seminole County Public Schools.
Bennett Jones, left, with Persian textiles collector Mahin Ghanbari at University Gallery’s Garden of the Heart’s Desire exhibit, which was curated by Bennett.
Bennett Jones has been accepted to Northwestern University’s History Ph.D. program to study the history of science. Her offer includes funding for five years. Bennett was also invited to participate in the university’s interdisciplinary science studies cluster, which includes an additional Mellon Cluster Fellowship.
Congratulations to SA+AH Museum Studies alum Renee Kiefer who was recently hired as an independent contractor at The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, a future museum in Los Angeles that is scheduled to open in 2017. There museum has had a collection in place for about eight years, and Renee will assist the registrar and collections manager as they inventory a variety of archives and objects and instill new museum procedures.
Congratulations to former SA+AH museum studies student Caroline Bradford who was hired as a lab manager for documents at the Augusta Veterans Curation Program in St. Louis, Missouri, in February.
Opened in 2009, the Augusta Veterans Curation Program Laboratory is funded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District, which houses the Mandatory Center of Expertise for artifact curation.
According to their website, they are currently working on an archival project for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District’s Public Affairs Office. Staff members are cataloging, cleaning and scanning historic photographs that document the 1927 and 1951 flooding of the Mississippi River and its tributaries. The images record the initial damage and recovery efforts to deal with the aftermath. Many of these photographs are one of kind, so creating digital copies of them is crucial for their preservation.
Caroline says she enjoys working with veterans and is learning a lot about management.
Matthew Schreiber, “Holographic Klecksogram 1″ (2012). Hologram, 6.5″ x 8″. Courtesy of the artist and Johannes Vogt Gallery, New York.
UF SA+AH alum Matthew Schreiber’s work is currently on view in his solo exhibition titled Slideshow at the Johannes Vogt Gallery in New York. The exhibition, will be on view through May 10, 2014 was recently reviewed by SFAQ International Arts and Culture. Below is an excerpt from the article by Shana Beth Mason.
Congratulations to 2013-2014 College of Fine Arts Teacher of the Year Dr. Victoria Rovine of the School of Art + Art History, left, and 2013-2014 College of Fine Arts Faculty Advising/Mentor of the Year Dr. Margaret Butler of the School of Music. Rovine and Butler were honored at an awards reception hosted by the UF Office of the Provost at the President’s House on April 18, 2014.
Dr. Glenn Willumson, a professor with the School of Art + Art History, has received a Getty Research Institute grant for 2014. During his six-week residency at the Research Institute, Dr. Willumson will prepare a paper for a Getty Symposium planned for the fall of 2015 that considers the role of the curatorial photographic archive in the digital age. He will also conduct research about the rise of photography as a collectible commodity during the 1970s and its subsequent impact on how we conceive of photographic history today.
"The Center for Creative Photography focuses on twentieth-century photography and houses arguably the largest and finest photography collections and archives in the world," says Dr. Willumson. "I did my dissertation research there over twenty-five years ago. It will be a great pleasure to return and to mine the rich resources of the Center."
School of Theatre and Dance students at the National Water Dance Project at Blue Springs in High Springs, April 12, 2014. Photo by Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun.
SoTD adjunct lecturer Kristin O’Neal led the National Water Dance Project on Saturday, April 12, 2014. The project took place at venues across the United States and locally at Blue Springs Park. O’Neal engaged with Dance Composition II students and colleagues across the United States to bring attention to fragile water resources.
“These 14 students worked together to create a beautifully inspiring site-specific work at Blue Springs while connecting with the rest of the nation dancing simultaneously around bodies of water,” O’Neal said.
SoTD student Stefanie Anarumo was selected as a 2014-2015 Fulbright Scholar and was awarded a research grant for her project “il Teatro per Bambini Sordi: An Artistic Fusion of Languages Signed and Spoken.” The creation of “il Teatro per Bambini Sordi e Sordociechi” (Deaf Children’s Theatre) will fuse Italian sign language and American sign language, in the exploration of the traditional Italian style of physical comedy, Commedia dell’Arte, and the works of William Shakespeare. In addition to creating a deaf arts program in Rome, Italy, Stefanie will be studying the current state of Italy’s arts accessibility in relation to that of the United States.
"I am thrilled to further my theatrical studies in the areas of opera, dance and drama, with professional Italian artists," said Stefanie. "It will be a true honor to represent the University of Florida, College of Fine Arts and the School of Theatre and Dance as a Fulbright scholar abroad next spring."
Dr. Russell Robinson has been asked to conduct at Carnegie Hall for his third time on June 3, 2014. His debut there was in 1997, then he conducted again in 2006 when he premiered School of Music Professor Paul Basler’s Missa Brevis with chorus, professional orchestra and soloists. Robinson was asked by New York producer, Norman Dunfee, president and executive director of Mid-America productions, to be the conductor of this year’s Carnegie Hall concert.