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The Red Silk Thread Makes Headlines Before Opening Night

Photo by Erica Brough, The Gainesville Sun

The Red Silk Thread: An Epic Tale of Marco Polo, a new opera by composer and UF Distinguished Alumna Dr. Stella Sung and librettist Ernest Hilbert premiering tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Phillips Center, has been making headlines lately, with stories in The Gainesville Sun and on the University of Florida (UF) homepage. Tickets range from $20-$40 and $10 for students. We hope to see you there!

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Professor Emeritus of Musicology Dr. David Z. Kushner Recieves President’s Award

SoM Professor Emeritus of Musicology Dr. David Z. Kushner received the President’s Award from the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association at the organization’s annual conference in Chicago in March. Dr. Kushner presented a paper, “Urbanity and Acerbity: The Music Criticism of the Crotchety Monsieur Croche,”at the NCSA convention. In addition, during the fall of 2013, he presented a paper on “Inclusivity, Nationalism, and Pragmatism in Ernest Bloch’s Works of the San Francisco Period” at the national conference of the College Music Society in Cambridge, MA.

Congratulations, Dr. Kushner!

The College of Fine Arts Celebrates Arts Advocacy Day in Washington D.C. and Tallahassee

imagePictured left to right: Dean Lucinda Lavelli, Representative Kathy Castor and Cherie Fine

National Arts Advocacy Day is the largest gathering of its kind, bringing together a broad cross section of America’s cultural and civic organizations. Grassroots advocates from across the country come to Washington D.C. to meet with their members of Congress in support of issues like arts education policy, the charitable tax deduction and funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. This year, Dean Lucinda Lavelli and President of the Friends of Music Cherie Fine attended on behalf of the College of Fine Arts.

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Art Students Learn From Alumni and Get Inspired During the 32nd Annual New York Trip

imagePictured from left to right: Lydia Dildilian, School of Art + Art History Director Richard Heipp, Miguel Saludes, Rachel Bolusky, Tianrui Geng, Alyssa Fleming, Heather Bjorn, Kelly O’Brein, Lily King, Zac Thompson and Jefreid Lotti

The 32nd annual New York Trip took place March 19 through March 24, 2014 and was an exciting experience for all who participated. Professor Julia Morrisroe and School of Art + Art History Director Richard Heipp took students to visit artists’ studios and went to many of New York’s best museums and galleries. CFA alum Matthew Schreiber showed the group around his studio, where students were able to see his holography lab and learn about the light installations he creates. At Rosemarie Fiore’s studio students were impressed with the drawings she created using fireworks and highly colored smoke.

Graduate student Miguel Saludes had a great experience on the trip. “It was very informative to learn that making a living in New York as an artist is a possibility, regardless of all the challenges that might cross the way,” he says. “It all depends on your level of determination and, ultimately, your passion for making art and succeeding as an artist.”

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Echoes from the Cabinet Pt. 1 on Display Through April 19


Echoes From the Cabinet Pt. 1 features work by students from the School of Art History who are currently researching collections at the Florida Museum of Natural History and studying the history of Cabinets of Curiosity. The exhibition spans two venues that are showing work concurrently: The lobby of the Florida Museum of Natural History (Dickinson Hall) and the Focus Gallery in Fine Arts Building C. On display from March 20 through April 19, 2014 the exhibition includes works by: Carlota de Caralt, Erin Curry, Lydia Dildilian, Sam Greek, Juan Griego, David Goerk, Clay Howard-Smith, Oliver Klicker, Jordan Kady, Elexis King, Kimberlyn Lamb, Jenna Miller, Sean Miller, Lauren Molina, Mario Mutis, Becca Negron, Vanessa Omayor, Zak Rabani, Emma Roulette, Miguel Saludes, Zaina Sheets, JT Smalley, Ashling Smith and Hilary White.

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SoM Adjunct Professor Ulisses Rocha has Concert Reviewed in Just Jazz Guitar Magazine

imageJust Jazz Guitar recently reviewed UF School of Music Adjunct Professor Ulisses Rocha’s Nashville Guitar Society concert for its February 2014 issue. The concert took place on October 2, 2013 at The Belmont Mansion in Nashville, Tenn.“The audience enjoyed Rocha’s compositions and the other offerings from Brazil’s finest composers that have been an inspiration to him,” said Just Jazz Guitar reviewer Robert Thompson. “Mr. Rocha is obviously one of Brazil’s most gifted young musicians with combined gifts as a brilliant guitarist and composer.”

Just Jazz Guitar is a publication focused for the jazz guitar enthusiast. It features interviews, lessons, reviews and spotlights on different types of music. 

Public art competition for SA+AH and SFRC students, alumni, faculty and staff announced


The SA+AH is working closely with the School of Forest Resources & Conservation (SFRC) on a public art competition for the new Austin Cary Forest Learning Center.
We are very pleased to announce a $35,000 public art competition that will be open to all SA+AH and SFRC students, alumni, faculty and staff. The SFRC is looking to commission site specific art for their building. The selection committee may choose to select a single artist or commission multiple artists for several commissioned projects. You may choose to apply as a single artist or as an artist collaborative team. 

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UF SoM Hosts Society for Ethnomusicology’s Southeast and Caribbean Chapter Annual Conference


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By Chloe Weber

The Society for Ethnomusicology’s Southeast and Caribbean Chapter (SEMSEC) will hold its annual conference at UF’s School of Music Feb. 28 - March 1, 2014. The conference features a combination of scholarly papers and panel discussions as well as a keynote address and musical performance that will be free and open to the public. 

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BFA painting student commissioned by the Geological Sciences Department


From left to right: Director of SA+AH Richard Heipp, Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing Julia Morrisroe, BFA painting student Jenna Horner, BFA painting student Josiah Lloyd, Professor of Geology Michael Perfitt and Chair Professor of Geology David Foster

BFA painting student Josiah Lloyd was commissioned by the Geological Sciences Department to make a large painting for the building’s redesigned entry. This was made possible through a collaboration between Julia Morrisroe’s site specific painting class and the faculty in Geological Science. Students were asked to select a faculty member based on their research interests. They then met with faculty to gather information and used material they collected as inspiration to create a series of paintings, and a site specific proposal to compete for a commission. In the end, the jury selected student Josiah Lloyd and the unveiling of his work took place on Feb. 7, 2014. Michael Perfitt decided the department would also like to purchase two of student Jenna Horner’s completed paintings.

Congratulations, Josiah and Jenna! If you would like to see their work, Lloyd’s is in the main entry and Horner’s works are in the hall of the 2nd floor of the Geological Sciences Building.