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Student groups and classes invited to participate in Pop-Up Culture activities on campus

Each October organizations throughout the U.S. celebrate culture in America during National Arts & Humanities Month. Coordinated by Americans for the Arts, National Arts & Humanities Month grew out of National Arts Week, which the National Endowment for the Arts and Americans for the Arts started in 1985. The event became a month-long celebration in 1993.

This year, several University of Florida (UF) colleges and organizations have partnered to lead the celebration on campus. Throughout October the University of Florida (UF) College of the Arts, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Florida Museum of Natural History, Harn Museum of Art and UF Performing Arts will celebrate by encouraging students and members of the community to attend their events, which range from art exhibitions to theatre productions to photography workshops, and several leaders will author op-eds in The Gainesville Sun.

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50th Annual Faculty Exhibition at the Harn Museum of Art highlights art by SA+AH faculty

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Photo by Megan Pugh

The Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida is featuring art by UF’s School of Art + Art History (SA+AH) art studio faculty in a new exhibition titled Solo/Together: 50th Annual UF Art Faculty Exhibition. Twenty-three artists working in a wide range of media including painting, ceramics, mixed-media and video will display recently created works — some on view for the first time. This is the 50th year of holding the exhibition on UF’s campus which alternates venues between the Harn and University Gallery. Solo/Together: 50th Annual UF Art Faculty Exhibition will be on view at the Harn Museum of Art from Sept. 16, 2014 through Jan. 14, 2015.

The artists represented in the exhibition include: Linda Arbuckle, Anthea Behm, Amy Freeman, Katerie Gladdys, Richard Heipp, Anna Calluori Holcombe, Lisa Iglesias, Ron Janowich, Sean Miller, Julia Morrisroe, Robert Mueller, Derek Reeverts, Celeste Roberge, Brad Smith, Craig Smith, Nan Smith, Jack Stenner, Rotem Tamir, Bethany Taylor, Michelle Tillander, Sergio Vega, Amy Vigilante and Ellen Knudson. Media in the exhibition ranges from the traditional to processes that employ digital technology and 3D fabrication. Topics addressed in the works range from environmental issues and contemporary culture to the simple love of forming materials such as gold-leaf, silverpoint or wood into elegant forms. 

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Two UF School of Theatre + Dance alumni perform in show traveling to London

Joel Oramas, left, and Thaddeus Walker

By Elizabeth Boone

Burning Coal Theatre Company’s production of The Iron Curtain Trilogy will feature two UF School of Theatre + Dance alumni, Joel Oramas and Thaddeus Walker. Walker will perform at the company’s theater in Raleigh, North Carolina, and then will go on to perform at The Cockpit in London where Oramas will join the production.

Even with only a few rehearsals before the London performance, Oramas said UF has prepared him.

“If there is anything I’ve learned in my training, it is to trust in my preparation and the ‘homework’ I’ve done beforehand,” Oramas said. “Even with so few rehearsals, my preparation will be enough and allow me the confidence to play moment to moment.”

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Nicole Gugliotti awarded Generative Fellowship

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Photo by Allen Cheuvront

Nicole Gugliotti (MFA Ceramics ‘14), has been awarded a CoreAlign Generative Fellowship to support continuing research undertaken initially for her thesis project which focused on reproductive justice. “[I’m] super excited to be chosen as a generative fellow by CoreAlign…during the fellowship I’ll be developing my awe/agency project, a clay/video/audio installation about agency in reproductive health that I created for my UF thesis in the spring. I have worked in women’s health for the last decade. This fellowship will allow me to unite these two threads.”

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Senior Workshop helps College of the Arts students prepare for life after graduation

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By Elizabeth Boone

On Sept. 12, 2014 approximately 30 UF College of the Arts undergraduate seniors gathered to discuss the skills they have learned as arts students and how to find job opportunities that fit within those skills.  

“We spend so much time worrying [about the future] and not enough time taking steps to get there,” said 21-year-old painting senior Alyssa Sicard.

Music, art, dance and theatre students alike took part in the workshop hosted by representatives from the UF Career Resource Center that helped students prepare for job applications and interviews.

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UF School of Theatre + Dance alumnus George Salazar performing in Off-Broadway musical

Photo by Billy Bustamante

By Elizabeth Boone

UF School of Theatre + Dance alumnus George Salazar is currently performing in the Off-Broadway production of Here Lies Love at the Public Theater. He is currently playing in the ensemble after working with the production last year as a swing.

Here Lies Love is an “immersive show retracing the astonishing journey of Filipina First Lady Imelda Marcos from her meteoric rise to power to her descent into infamy,” according to the show’s website. After its success in the U.S., the show has plans to transfer to the National Theatre in London, and Salazar said he is thrilled to be a part of it. 

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University of Florida College of the Arts announces new Allison Wyatt Memorial Scholarship for graduate art education students

A new one-time scholarship has been established at the University of Florida (UF) College of the Arts for qualified incoming graduate art education students. The Allison Wyatt Memorial Scholarship of $6,200 per student will be awarded to four qualified students based on artistic and teaching merit. Funds can be applied to residential or online studies.

The Allison Wyatt Memorial Scholarship was created by Allison’s parents after Allison’s life was cut short at just 6 years old. The Wyatts have chosen to honor their daughter through a series of gifts, including a donation to UF, as her mother is an alumna. Allison loved drawing and wanted to be an artist, often turning parts of her family’s house into an “art studio” with rows of pictures taped to the walls. She also wanted to be a teacher. The Allison Wyatt Memorial Scholarship allows Allison’s dreams of being an artist and teacher to live on through others.

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Sounds of Spirit: UF alumnus grants scholarship to incoming Gator Band member

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Photo by Megan Reeves

By Megan Reeves

Each academic year brings new faces and talent to campus as students return in pursuit of their dreams. The Sounds of Spirit series will tell the stories of several College of the Arts scholarship recipients and highlight the donors whose generosity helps UF students study the arts and brings unique cultural opportunities to the entire campus and community.

 After receiving a full-ride scholarship to the University of Florida (UF), 18-year-old Rachel Stern said she couldn’t be more excited to take advantage of all the things her new four-year home in the swamp has to offer.

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UF Alumni Christina Molina and Dean Rockwell present collaborative art piece in Denmark

Cristina Molina (MFA ‘12) and Dean “Rocky” Rockwell (MIB ‘12) co-presented their collaborative art piece, A Much Mended Thing, Aug. 30, 2014 at the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark.  This work was presented as part of a symposium entitled “Spaces of Precarious Condition: Bridging Cultures, Designs and Worldviews”.   Molina and Rockwell are also developing a book chapter out of the project.

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UF in Salzburg shows students European music and way of life

LeAnn Meyer, Katie Gresham, Katelyn Goode, Christine Thomas, Victoria de la Llama, Samantha O’Brien and John Steinmeyer at Hotel Stein in Salzburg

By Chloe Weber

Just as Maria taught the von Trapp family the wonders of music in the Salzburg countryside, UF College of the Arts students increased their musical knowledge while becoming Austrians for the summer during the UF in Salzburg study abroad program.

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UF School of Theatre + Dance alumna Katrina Asmar performs in A Chorus Line

By Elizabeth Boone

UF School of Theatre + Dance alumna Katrina Asmar is currently performing the role of Diana Morales in The 5th Avenue Theatre’s production of A Chorus Line in Seattle, Washington. Asmar graduated in 2011 with a BFA in Musical Theatre.

“I couldn’t be happier to play one of my dream roles in one of my favorite shows of all time,” Asmar said.

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Studio faculty art featured in 50th Annual Faculty Exhibition at the Harn Museum

The Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida is featuring art by UF’s School of Art + Art History (SA+AH) art studio faculty in a new exhibition titled Solo/Together: 50th Annual UF Art Faculty Exhibition. Twenty-three artists working in a wide range of media including painting, ceramics, mixed-media and video will display recently created works — some on view for the first time. This is the 50th year of holding the exhibition on UF’s campus which alternates venues between the Harn and University Gallery. Solo/Together: 50th Annual UF Art Faculty Exhibition will be on view at the Harn Museum of Art from Sept. 16, 2014 through Jan. 14, 2015.

The artists represented in the exhibition include: Linda Arbuckle, Anthea Behm, Amy Freeman, Katerie Gladdys, Richard Heipp, Anna Calluori Holcombe, Lisa Iglesias, Ron Janowich, Sean Miller, Julia Morrisroe, Robert Mueller, Derek Reeverts, Celeste Roberge, Brad Smith, Craig Smith, Nan Smith, Jack Stenner, Rotem Tamir, Bethany Taylor, Michelle Tillander, Sergio Vega, Amy Vigilante and Ellen Knudson. Media in the exhibition ranges from the traditional to processes that employ digital technology and 3D fabrication. Topics addressed in the works range from environmental issues and contemporary culture to the simple love of forming materials such as gold-leaf, silverpoint or wood into elegant forms.

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The Hippodrome Cinema hosts film screening and Q&A with School of Theatre + Dance visiting artist Yiftach Klein Sept. 9

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By Elizabeth Boone

An Orthodox Jew, a gay man with a baby on the way and an anti-terrorist squad leader.

Yiftach Klein has played it all.

The 41-year-old actor now takes on a new role as a visiting artist for the fall 2014 semester at the University of Florida School of Theatre + Dance where he is teaching a course in solo performance.

Students and members of the community can catch him in action in “Policeman,” his latest film that has won awards at numerous film festivals, including the Philadelphia Film Festival. The screening will take place at the Hippodrome Cinema in Gainesville, Florida, Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. followed by a Q-and-A session with Klein.

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Students invited to Creativity in the Arts and Sciences Event informational session Sept. 10

The 2015 Creativity in the Arts and Sciences Event (CASE) will take place Saturday, January 31, 2015 in the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom and McGuire Pavilion. College of the Arts undergraduates are invited to display original artwork, including 2D/3D visual art and music/dance/theatre performances. Art students may compete for the Science for Life Undergraduate Creativity Award and win up to $1,250 in either the art or art/science collaboration categoriesArt students are encouraged to showcase their work in this unique opportunity by collaborating with science students. Accepted collaboration entries will qualify for up to $500 to be used toward materials and supplies for the project.

Student interested in learning more and finding a science student to collaborate with are invited to the first CASE informational session on Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 7:15 p.m. at Pascal’s Coffeehouse (112 NW 16th St). To RSVP to attend, click here. To learn more, join the Science and Art Collaboration (SAC) Facebook Group 

More details on this year’s CASE application deadline and submission requirements will be available in November at http://sfl.aa.ufl.edu/case. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Hodges at jhodges@arts.ufl.edu.