UF MFA Ceramics alumna Katherine Lane passed away on December 7, 2013. Professor Linda Arbuckle said, “Katherine Lane was a lively, curious person who was a full participant in UF Ceramics. She did her MFA after retiring from nursing. She accomplished many things in her life, and lived with great zest.”
A service for Katherine will be held at Whidbey Memorial at 10:00 am Thursday, December 12, 2013 in Oak Harbor, WA. Interment will be at a later date at Tavares Cemetery in Tavares, FL.
Family and friends are encouraged to share memories and condolences at: www.whidbeymemorial.com.
Read her Obituary that appeared in the Gainesville Sun on December 12, 2013: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/gainesville/obituary.aspx?n=lane&pid=168491658
UF BFA Acting alum Alex Hernandez is currently shooting a guest star role on NBC’s Law & Order: SVU. He also has a recurring role on the upcoming drama, The Black Box, on ABC. He will also begin shooting a Cinemax pilot for Blanco, in which he has a series regular role.
UF SoTD MFA alum Ryan Johnson-Travis, the Executive Artistic Director for Paul Robeson Performing Arts Co., wrote and will perform in A shout in Salty Water at December 12-14, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Folk Art Center Black Box Theatre in Syracuse, New York.
Community Folk Art Center Black Box Theatre805 E. Genesee Street,
Syracuse, NY 13210
Michael “Mike” Reardon is a recurring character, portrayed by UF School of Theatre + Dance alum Stephen Root, in the FX series Justified. Reardon is a judge in the Lexington Federal Courthouse, known as being a very “colorful” and eccentric judge. Reardon is also known to be a very tough judge, even earning the nickname “The Hammer” due to his strict handling of court cases (such as maximum sentences, asset forfeiture and court costs). Root will appear in the Winter premiere of Justified on Tuesday, January 7, 2014.
UF BFA alum Leslie Tharp has launched a metal sculpture project titled Lift on kickstarter. Pay a visit to Leslie Tharp’s Gainesville studio, and you will find her with soot in her hair and metal dust in her clothes, doing what she loves: taking steel and turning it into large-scale public sculptures. Tharp is hoping that over the next week, her latest project, Lift, will reach its Kickstarter goal of $6,700.00 so she can create three large metal hot air balloon inspired sculptures.
The Scottsdale Public Art Program is sponsoring a portion of the project, but Tharp must come up with the remainder herself. “Kickstarter has given me a way to create these large sculptures, when I otherwise may not have been able to,” Tharp said. “It’s also become a really cool avenue for backers to choose and support the projects they want to see in the world. I think it’s an empowering experience for both sides.”
Lift has been years in the making—the hot air balloons have long been a symbol of the freedom Tharp finds in her art. She plans for the pieces to be big enough for people to move around and under, and to engage with. “I believe art is for everyone and I strive to create large sculptures that exist in places where people of all ages and interests can visit them anytime,” Tharp said.
Tharp’s work can be seen in Gainesville at the University of Florida Small Animal Hospital; Hogtown Creek Headwaters Nature Park, and the Senior Recreation Center. Tharp, one of few female metalworkers, received her B.F.A. from UF in 2008. In addition to creating her own art, Tharp offers blacksmithing workshops at her Gainesville studio.
Check the Kickstarter out at : http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2053979105/lift-a-metal-sculpture-and-an-epic-voyage.
The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, the nation’s first merged ballet-opera-symphony orchestra, partnered with composer and UF School of Music alum Stella Sung (MFA Music Composition, ’84) on an innovative residency that began in the summer of 2013 and will continue to unfold through the next season. Dr. Sung is creating new pieces, including a one-act opera, a chamber work for dance and music for educational performances. In addition, the work for dance offers a new opportunity for enhancement of ballet performances.
The League of American Orchestras, a prominent orchestra organization, recently highlighted the Music Alive award that Dr. Stung received to work with the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, reaffirming the significance of her work.
UF MFA Ceramics alum Ben Carter is featured in an instructional studio demonstration video titled Design for the Soft Surface: Throwing Handbuilding and Slip Decorating by Ceramics Arts Daily. In this edition of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents video series, Carter shares his methods for integrating surface design with altered wheel-thrown and handbuilt pottery. Referencing pillows, tufted furniture, and quilts, Carter imbues his pots with softness in a variety of ways—from altering freshly thrown pots to create volume, to stretching soft clay into foam slump molds. Using this overfilled aesthetic as a metaphor for the comfort of southern hospitality, he complements the soft forms with slip and underglaze decoration using sgraffito, slip trailing, and painting techniques. Runtime: 3 hours – 2 disc set.
You can buy the video and see a clip of it here.
See additional excerpts of the video on trimming and decorating on YouTube.
Stacey Breheny, Backlit, oil. Featured in the Melrose Bay Art Gallery 2013 Holiday Invitational
The Melrose Bay Art Gallery, of which UF MFA painting alum Stacey Breheny is an Associate Member, is having its annual Holiday Invitational with 15 members and 30 invited regional artists, each contributing one piece. The reception is on Friday, December 6 from 6:00-9:00 p.m.
UF BFA Acting alum Jen Smith (now Lyndon Smith) has a recurring role as Natalie on NBC’s Parenthood.
From HollywoodLife.com, Andy Swift:
Lyndon gives HollywoodLife.com a look into Drew and Natalie’s future together — which may or may not include mud wrestling.
It takes a lot of woman to handle Drew (Miles Heizer) on Parenthood. He may not be the smallest Braverman, but he’s got the emotional stability of an Autumn leaf, which is why some fans aren’t too crazy about Natalie, the girl-next-dorm who’s been messing with Drew’s head all season. Lyndon Smith spoke to HollywoodLife.com about Natalie’s future with Drew, their upcoming love triangle, and the time she totally fan-girled over Lauren Graham.
Q&A: Lyndon Smith Talks ‘Parenthood’
» Why is Natalie messing with Drew? Doesn’t she know how fragile he is?
Yeah, she’s not being too nice. It’s not her nicest time. But you know, there’s a time and place for selfishness, and I went to college myself, so I know those first few years can be kind of crazy.
Read the full interview here.
Kurt Anderson & Kathy King: A Pretty Mess
Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY.
October 26- November 30
You may view the exhibition online.
Kurt Anderson and Kathy King met at a Watershed Artists Invite Artists session in the Summer of 2010. Realizing they are “cut from the same Karmic cloth” as Kurt puts it, the two decided to propose a two person exhibition. Clay Art Center is thrilled to have the duo join us this Fall. Both artists use graphic imagery and included historical references as an element to their surface compositions. Humor is also an important component to both artists’ work. From there, the two are very different. While Kathy’s work is narrative in focus, Kurt relies on simple iconic figures. The similarities that tie the work together mixed with the stark are what promises to be a rich and visually interesting Pretty Mess.
UF BFA Musical Theatre alum Taylor Rector has been nominated for a Broadway World Best Actress in a Musical (professional) award for Legally Blonde at the New Candlelight Theatre in Delaware.
UF School of Music student Michelle Stecker and alum Ryan Chancoco, both students of Dr. Laura Ellis, passed the Associate Carillonneur Exam administered by the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America. The judged requirements for the exam include video and audio performance, a carillon history component, and sample programs. Ryan, a recent UF graduate, was in the carillon studio for three years and had the honor of performing a concert on the Bells of Flanders carillon in Japan. Mitchell Stecker has attended the last three congresses of the Guild and is pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in combination with Linguistics.