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John Harris wins 2014 California Duck Stamp Contest


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.

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Five Ph.D. Music Education alumni selected to present at ISME Conference in Brazil


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!

SA+AH alumnus Andrew Hendrixson travels the U.S. with new project


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.

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SoTD alumna Lyndon Smith performs in Death of the Author at Geffen Playhouse

Austin Butler and Lyndon Smith in Death of the Author. Photo by Michael Lamont

SoTD alumna Lyndon Smith has had her share of successful roles as of late. Currently, she is playing the role of Sarah, the ex-girlfriend of student Bradley, played by Austin Butler, in Death of the Authora comedic play about academia on stage at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles through June 29, 2014Death of the Author is written by Steven Drukm, directed by Bart DeLorenzo and also features Orson Bean and David Clayton Rogers.

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SOM alumna Dr. Christina Reitz publishes article

School of Music alumna Dr. Christina L. Reitz (Ph.D. Musicology, ‘07) co-authored “Information Literacy in Music History: Fostering Success in Teaching and Learning,” which will be published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Library Administration, volume 54, number 7. The article by Reitz and Librarian, Alessia Zanin-Yost, is the culmination of two years’ research of music history student research writing.

SoTD alumnus Hugh Hysell hired by Groupon


Congratulations to SoTD alumnus Hugh Hysell (MFA Theatre ‘97) who was recently hired by Groupon to lead their National Broadway and Live Arts sector, which offers deals in live entertainment around the country. Hysell has produced Tony Award-winning Broadway and Off-Broadway shows including Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and Peter and the Starcatcher. To read more about Hysell’s new position, click here.

SA+AH alumnus Frankie Batista’s work featured in Lulu’s ad campaign

Lulu’s Pre-Summer 2014 ad campaign by Frankie Batista

SA+AH alumnus Frankie Batista’s photography was recently featured in Lulu’s pre-summer 2014 ad campaign. Batista, a 2002 SA+AH graphic design graduate, discovered his passion for photography and film making after his completion of his degree at UF. According to Batista’s biography, he is known for his “vibrant use of color and contrast, his highly polished, often exotically bright images.”

His work has been featured in many magazines and other publications in the United States and across the world. To view more images from the ad campaign, click here.  

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder featuring producer and SoTD alumnus John Pinckard receives 10 Tony nominations


The best of the best on Broadway will be recognized at the Tony Awards this Sunday, June 8, 2014. Congratulations to SoTD alumnus John Pinckard (Theatre Performance ‘98), who serves as a producer in the musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, which received 10 Tony nominations, including in the Best Musical category. 

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SA+AH alumna Marianne Lettieri’s work on display at the Doug Adams Gallery

Marianne Lettieri (BFA Art ’71) is the 2014 guest artist at the Doug Adams Gallery and the Badè Museum in Berkeley, California. She has created a new body of art work, inspired by the museum’s collection of ancient biblical artifacts and incorporating objects of domestic and manual labor that reference culturally valued practices and individual identity. Mining the Collection: Evidence of Life can be viewed June 10 - August 29, 2014. For more information, visit the website

SA+AH alumnus Ben Carter hosts workshop at the Mendocino Art Center in June

SA+AH alumnus Ben Carter (MFA Art ‘10) will present an art class at the Mendocino Art Center as a part of its ceramics workshops on June 6-8, 2014. Carter’s class, “Design for the Soft Surface,” focuses on integrating surface design with altered wheel-thrown and hand built pottery. Demonstrations include soft throwing, altering, working with foam slump molds, slip decorating and under glaze painting. 

To learn more about the workshop and to register, click here.

SA+AH alumna Marilyn Minter designs rug inspired by cracked glass


Wool-and-silk rug by Marilyn Minter for Henzel Studio’s new artist series. Photo courtesy of Henzel Studio as featured in this story in Architectural Digest.

SA+AH alumna Marilyn Minter (BFA Fine Arts ‘69), designed a rug inspired by light shining through water drops on cracked glass. The rug will be part of Swedish rug company Henzel Studio’s artist-designed rugs that will be sold exclusively at Barneys New York. All rugs in the collection, which launched May 7, 2014 are made from Himalayan wool and silk.

To learn more about Minter’s work, read this story from Architectural Digest.