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Art alumnus participating in two-person exhibition in New York

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School of Art + Art History alumnus Seamus Liam O’Brien (BFA Art ‘97) will be participating in a two-person exhibition entitled, Fictively Fact, with the artist Ira Marcks at Collar Works Gallery in Troy, New York, Oct. 6-Nov. 2, 2014. The opening reception takes place on Oct. 31 from 5:30-9:00 p.m.

O’Brien and Marcks, the artists in the exhibition Fictively Fact, spend all their time inside this fictionally real paradox. They bring forth from their endless imaginations all matter of realities for this world to navigate and inherit. From the unconscious images we experience as we spin at the circus, to books designed exclusively to chronicle our daydreams, O’Brien and Marcks are lifelong cosmonauts into the space outside of space. The place from which we all came from, but lost, as matter entangles thought and souls become obsessed with time. 

Alumna Katie Ericson awarded education fellowship

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Recent art education graduate, Katie Ericson, is the newest GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Education Fellow at North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA). Ericson completed her degree online through the University of Florida’s Art Education Online MA program in August. She earned a B.S. in Art Management at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, and has been living and working in North Carolina while completing the online program. 

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Dean Lucinda Lavelli travels to California to research arts and sciences initiatives, meet with alumni

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Dean Lucinda Lavelli, right, touring A Noise Within Theatre in Pasadena, California, with founder Julia Rodriguez-Elliot 

By Chloe Weber

At the request of the provost, University of Florida (UF) College of the Arts Dean Lucinda Lavelli recently embarked on a week-long research trip in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas to learn about innovative practices from some of California’s leading universities doing work within the intersection of the arts and sciences while also sharing UF information.

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UF students and alumni shine in co-production with the Hippodrome, Clybourne Park

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Photo by Michael Eaddy

By Elizabeth Boone

Two acts, two different eras, and Dr. Ralf Remshardt, director and School of Theatre + Dance professor, made them come together harmoniously in Clybourne Park, the school’s second partnership with the Hippodrome (the first was Avenue Q in the summer of 2013).

Remshardt jumped at the chance to lead the production. He saw the play in London and was blown away by the wit and ferocity of the writing.

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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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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 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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MFA Alumnus Jordan Marty joins Arts Foundation at VCUarts as Instructor

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Jordan Marty (MFA ‘13) has joined the Arts Foundations program at VCUarts for the 2014-15 academic year, serving as instructor of the course “Time Studio” in addition to the appointment of Wood Shop Technician. VCUarts (Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, Richmond, Virginia) is currently ranked the No. 1 public university arts & design program in the country (US News & World Report).

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John Harris wins 2014 California Duck Stamp Contest

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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

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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

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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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School of Art + Art History alumna Kristin Reeves featured in solo exhibition in Chicago

The work of School of Art + Art History alumna Kristin Reeves (MFA Art and Technology ’12) is currently featured in a solo exhibition, [What Is This Feeling], at Antena in Chicago. [What Is This Feeling], which is on view through July 19, 2014,processes the consequences of a desire to isolate where it hurts and what it is to be human.

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