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Kongo across the Waters exhibit opens at the Carter Presidential Museum in Atlanta

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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.

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2014 faculty promotions announced

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

Tony Mata and Ralf Remshardt hold New York screening of their documentary, Theatre of Rice and Beans

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Back row, left to right: Ralf Remshardt and Tony Mata; front row, the films’ honorees from left to right: Max Ferrá, René Buch and Miriam Colón; all photos by Tucker Hollingsworth

Approximately 100 guests including celebrated figures of the Broadway and Off-Broadway community attended a special film screening of Theatre of Rice and Beans at New York’s Tribeca Cinemas May 12, 2014.The film, directed by School of Theatre + Dance professors Tony Mata and Ralf Remshardt, was first screened at UF in January and is a tribute to the history of Latino theatre and to René Buch, Miriam Colón and Max Ferrá, the founders of New York City’s three most influential Latino playhouses. 

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Students from SoTD Professor Stan Kaye’s Architectural Lighting Design class recognized

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Professor Stan Kaye, far left, and Director and Associate Professor Martin Gold, far right, with students Diane Ariza, Kyle Sheppard and Jamison Deighan.

Since 2002, School of Theatre + Dance (SoTD) Professor Stan Kaye and School of Architecture Director and Associate Professor Martin Gold have teamed up to teach Architectural Lighting Design. The spring 2014 course included architecture students from the Gainesville and CityLab-Orlando programs as well as students from the SoTD. 

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SA+AH Assistant Professor Sean Miller’s Work Featured in New Exhibition

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Photo by Jack Massing (the Art Guys) on May 9, 2014 at Bob Rauschenberg Gallery for ELEVEN: The John Erickson Museum of Art (JEMA) 10-Year Retrospective with in-progress performance of Oliver Herring’s Areas for Action at JEMA. Far left: Oliver Herring projected on the wall. Far right: Sean Miller pictured in the foreground. 

Assistant Professor Sean Miller’s exhibition Eleven: The John Erickson Museum of Art 10-Year Retrospective opened on May 9, 2014 at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery in Fort Myers, Florida. The exhibition runs through July 25, 2014 and features original photos, sculptures and drawings by Miller as well as 10 years of JEMA collaborations, exhibitions and documentation of works by notable artists such as the Art Guys, Jim Drain, John Feodorov, Oliver Herring, Brendan Jamison, Chip Lord, Arnold Mesches, Yoko Ono, Ben Patterson, Andrea Robbins and Max Becher, Bethany Taylor, Sergio Vega and others.

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UF SoTD Assistant Professor Tim Altmeyer starring in ‘Time Stands Still’ at TheaterWorks

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School of Theatre + Dance faculty member Tim Altmeyer is currently starring in a production of Time Stands Still at TheaterWorks.

Rolfsrud and Altmeyer have a natural intimacy and rhythms of a longtime couple. Altmeyer conveys with detailed delicacy the loving comfort that both supports and smothers. Rolfsrud balances the tough and the tender as the woman who captures moments but does not know how to live in them. Both are heartbreaking as they struggle with the realization that they are on diverging paths.

Read the full review here.

Assistant professor Sean Miller is currently exhibiting a series of new sculptures, photos, and video as well as collaborative projects with Connie Hwang and Ben Patterson at simultaneous exhibitions with the The Davis Lisboa Mini-Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona, Spain and the Arnolfini Center in Bristol, United Kingdom. The works will be on view as part of the “Museum Show” Exhibition at the Arnolfini, September 24th-November 19th, 2011. Other selected artists in the exhibition include museum-related projects by selected artists such as: La Boîte-en-Valise (Marcel Duchamp), Museum of Conceptual Art (Tom Marioni), La Galerie Légitime (Robert Filliou), Museum of Safety Gear for Small Animals (Bill Burns), Moon Museum (Forrest Myers), Musée d¹Art Moderne, Départment des Aigles (Marcel Broodthaers), and Museum for Myself (Peter Blake).

Assistant professor Sean Miller is currently exhibiting a series of new sculptures, photos, and video as well as collaborative projects with Connie Hwang and Ben Patterson at simultaneous exhibitions with the The Davis Lisboa Mini-Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona, Spain and the Arnolfini Center in Bristol, United Kingdom. The works will be on view as part of the “Museum Show” Exhibition at the Arnolfini, September 24th-November 19th, 2011. Other selected artists in the exhibition include museum-related projects by selected artists such as: La Boîte-en-Valise (Marcel Duchamp), Museum of Conceptual Art (Tom Marioni), La Galerie Légitime (Robert Filliou), Museum of Safety Gear for Small Animals (Bill Burns), Moon Museum (Forrest Myers), Musée d¹Art Moderne, Départment des Aigles (Marcel Broodthaers), and Museum for Myself (Peter Blake).

Russell Robinson Meets with Frank Brogan, Chancellor of the State

Dr. Russell Robinson, Professor and Head of Music Education, met with Frank Brogan, Chancellor of the State University System at the recent Florida Alliance for Arts Education (FAAE) meeting in Orlando.  Robinson serves on the Executive Committee of the FAAE and has known Brogan for many years.  When Brogan was Florida Commissioner of Education, he and Robinson served on Florida Arts for Complete Education committee before Brogan went on to be Lieutenant Governor and President of Florida Atlantic University.  Robinson says, “It was good to connect with Brogan  again.  He is one of the best public speakers I have heard and is passionate about arts education.  He addressed many current issues regarding arts education in the public schools and universities of Florida, and I was pleased to represent our college and university at this meeting.”

SoTD Professor Joan Frosch invited to INPUT ceremonies in Seoul

Joan Frosch, Professor of Theatre and Dance and Director of the Center for World Arts, produced NORA: a film based on the life of Zimbabwean choreographer Nora Chipaumire.

In January 2011, PBS inaugurated four years of national broadcast of NORA  by nominating the film for INPUT, the Cannes of public broadcasting from among series such as POV and Independent Lens. 

INPUT is international television’s most important and influential annual screening conference. It was founded in 1977 at the Rockefeller Foundation seminar in Bellagio (ltaly) to celebrate the best in public television programs from around the world. From over 400 entries worldwide NORA was officially selected for INPUT 2011. Doubly honored with a Corporation for Public Broadcasting INPUT Producer Fellowship, Professor Frosch has been invited to travel to Seoul, Korea, the international site of this year’s INPUT ceremonies from May 6-12.

Congratulations to Jonathan Helton on the release of his new CD, “American Music for Saxophone and Piano”

Congratulations to Jonathan Helton on the release of his new solo recording!  

American Music for Saxophone and Piano Centaur 3065 
Distances Within Me - John Anthony Lennon
Holy Roller - Libby Larsen
Odd Preludes - Jonathan Elliott
Sonata for saxophone and piano - William Albright
Summer Nocturne - Sherwood Shaffer
Jonathan Helton, saxophone
Barbara Gonzalez-Palmer, piano

Sergio Vega named one of UFRF Professors for 2011-2014

The University of Florida Research Foundation has named 33 faculty members as UFRF Professors for 2011-2014. Complete UF News story here: http://news.ufl.edu/2011/04/14/ufrf-profs-2011/. The professors are:

·        Mary Jane Angelo

Levin College of Law, College of Law

·        Cory L. Armstrong

College of Journalism and Communications, Department of Journalism

·        Juliana Barr

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of History

·        Jonathan I. Bloch

Florida Museum of Natural History, Department of Natural History

·        David R. Borchelt

College of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience

·        Jeannine Brady

College of Dentistry, Department of Oral Biology

·        George Casella

Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Department of Statistics

·        Virginia J. Dodd

College of Health & Human Performance, Department of Health Education & Behavior

·        Steven C. Ghivizzani

College of Medicine, Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation

·        Fred Gmitter, Jr.

Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Citrus Research and Education Center, Lake Alfred, FL

·        Cynthia Griffin

College of Education, School of Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies

·        David M. Janicke

College of Public Health and Health Professions, Department of Clinical & Health Psychology

·        James W. Jawitz

Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Soil and Water Science Department

·        Huabei Jiang

College of Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering

·        Christiaan Leeuwenburgh

College of Medicine, Department of Aging and Geriatric Research

·        Hendrik Luesch

College of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry

·        Barbara J. Lutz

College of Nursing, Department of Health Care Environments and Systems

·        James Marois

Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, North Florida Research and Education Center, Quincy, FL

·        Kenneth M. Merz

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Chemistry

·        Rafel Muñoz-Carpena

Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Department of Microbiology and Cell Science

·        Natália A. Peres

Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Gulf Coast Research and Education 

·        Michael R. Perfit

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Geological Sciences

·        Mario Poceski

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Religion

·        Margaret Portillo

College of Design, Construction and Planning, Department of Interior Design

·        Eric Potsdam

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Linguistics

·        David E.M. Sappington

Warrington College of Business, Department of Economics

·        Desmond A. Schatz

College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics

·        Susan B. Sinnott

College of Engineering, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

·        Benjamin Smith

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science

·        Franky So

College of Engineering, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

·        Maurice S. Swanson

College of Medicine, Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology

·        Sergio Vega

College of Fine Arts, School of Art and Art History

·        Janet Yamamoto

College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Infectious Diseases & Pathology

Submitted by The Office of the Provost