By Patrick Glenn
With two weeks left in the 2014 California Duck Stamp Contest, alumnus John Harris was still torn between which of the required ducks to paint—the greater scaup or the lesser scaup.
Harris, who works as an artist preparator for Engineering Services at Epcot and has worked at Walt Disney World for 25 years, settled on the lesser scaup (pictured). A month later he received word from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife that he won the competition.
John “Jay” Watkins, associate professor of music, associate director of bands and director of Gator Band, has been appointed to the National Association for Music Education’s Council for Band Education. He will serve as the southern representative on the council through 2016.
"I am honored and excited to have been selected to serve on the Council for Band Education as we continue to strive to advance music education and school bands in America," said Watkins.
Dr. Robin Poynor, third from right, and SA+AH graduate art history student, Carlee Forbes who was curatorial assistant for the project, second from right, pose with President and Mrs. Carter for a photograph before the exhibit’s opening at the Carter Presidential Museum in May 2014.
Kongo across the Waters, curated by School of Art + Art History Professor Dr. Robin Poynor, Harn Museum of Art Curator of African Art Dr. Susan Cooksey and Royal Museum for Central Africa Curator of African Collections Hein Vanhee, made its way to the Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta in May where it will reside through September 21, 2014 before heading to the Princeton University Art Museum in Princeton, New Jersey, and the New Orleans Museum of Art. Kongo across the Waters is the first exhibition at an American museum to explore fully the legacy of the Kongo kingdom.
Congratulations to the following College of the Arts faculty members who have been awarded tenure and/or promotion to ranks noted below beginning August 16, 2014.
School of Art + Art History
Craig Roland – full professor
Sergio Vega – full professor
School of Music
Margaret Butler – tenure and promotion to associate professor
Silvio dos Santos – tenure and promotion to associate professor
School of Theatre + Dance
Timothy Altmeyer – tenure and promotion to associate professor
Stacey Galloway – tenure and promotion to associate professor
Xavier Cortada’s Moving Water ceramic tile mural in progress.
Join us July 30 at 2 p.m. outside of Library West for the installation and dedication of Moving Water,
a new 32-foot-long ceramic tile mural on UF’s campus created by Miami artist Xavier Cortada
that marks the Panama Canal Centennial by connecting it with the lives of present-day Floridians.
The mural is the culmination of the Moving Water project
conducted with UF engineering and art students as part of UF’s Creative B inititative
to bring awareness of our impact on the environment by examining how much Florida has been transformed in the last 100 years.
Five UF alumni who received their Ph.D.’s from the University of Florida in Music Education were selected as presenters on a range of individual topics at the International Society for Music Education (ISME) at the world conference in Porto Alegre, Brazil, from July 21-26, 2014. Pictured left to right: Dr. Don Devito, Music Teacher at Sidney Lanier School in Gainesville, Florida; Drs. David Edmund and Jian-Jun Chen-Edmund, Music Education Professors at University of Minnesota—Duluth; Dr. Duncan Wambugu, Music Professor at Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya; and Dr. Alena Holmes, Music Education Professor at University of Wisconsin— Whitewater. Congratulations to these UF grads for their successes! The Gator Nation is Everywhere!
By Chloe Hoffmann
Congratulations to Laura Robertson, senior associate in graduate studies, for receiving one of UF’s 2014 Prudential Productivity Awards. Robertson received a certificate of commendation for developing and deploying online portals for graduate admissions, critical communications and review procedures.
Congratulations to Cheyenne Rudolph (MFA Ceramics ‘14) who was recently recognized with the College of the Arts’ 2014 Student Creative Research Award — Best of School Award. This award is given to talented and motivated students for their outstanding research projects. Cheyenne’s thesis work used humor, popular culture and feminist concerns with ceramics, mixed media, photo and video in the installation. To see the video that accompanied her installation, click here.
Congratulations to Dr. Charlie Mitchell, assistant professor in the School of Theatre + Dance, on the recent publication of his open source textbook, Theatrical Worlds, published online by University Press of Florida. This is a ground-breaking text for the teaching of introductory theatre courses that has been years in development. Congratulations also to Stacey Galloway, assistant professor, for her chapter on costume design.
Attendees at the free movement class for persons with Parkinson’s disease held May 31, 2014 during the Dance for PD training workshop at UF’s School of Theatre + Dance. Photo By Megan Reeves
On May 30-June 1, 2014 UF’s Center for Arts in Medicine and the School of Theatre + Dance partnered with the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group to host Dance for PD, a training and professional development workshop for dancers, dance teachers, students, therapists and allied health professionals. Twenty-three people from all over Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts and South Carolina and with varied backgrounds, including professional dancers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, fitness instructors and students from UF and FSU participated.
Image of Andrew Hendrixson’s work from a recent house show in Ohio.
Andrew Hendrixson, a 2011 painting MFA alumnus, recently inaugurated a new project called The House Shows. For this project, Hendrixson will travel around the U.S. to cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City and Nashville, installing artwork in living rooms and local venues for a one-day art show where he will then talk about and welcome everyone to engage in the artwork.
By Hannah Fell
Music has been at the heartbeat of Longineu Parsons ever since he was a child. A native of Jacksonville, Florida, the School of Music Ph.D. candidate grew up listening to all kinds of music on a turntable in his home. He learned to play the trumpet when he was 11, and his passion for jazz music grew as he got older.
Parsons is now 62 and a tenured associate professor in the Department of Music at Florida A&M University. Critics have hailed him as one of the world’s finest trumpet players. In addition to trumpet, he performs on recorders, flute and percussion and is a vocalist. He is the protégé of the great cornetist, Nat Adderley, and his compositions include orchestral works and chamber music as well as jazz and world music.
Jennifer Coolidge works on restoring Mural with a Message created in 1991 by Allen “Big Al” Carter.
By Patrick Glynn
Advancing the College of the Arts by generating support of the college’s programs, outreach efforts and other initiatives is at the core of Jennifer Coolidge’s role as the college’s director of development, but Coolidge’s passion for the arts extends much deeper, even into her personal endeavors. On a recent visit to her hometown, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, she spearheaded the renewal of an arts project she participated in over 20 years ago.