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

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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50th Annual Faculty Exhibition at the Harn Museum of Art highlights art by SA+AH faculty

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Photo by Megan Pugh

The Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida is featuring art by UF’s School of Art + Art History (SA+AH) art studio faculty in a new exhibition titled Solo/Together: 50th Annual UF Art Faculty Exhibition. Twenty-three artists working in a wide range of media including painting, ceramics, mixed-media and video will display recently created works — some on view for the first time. This is the 50th year of holding the exhibition on UF’s campus which alternates venues between the Harn and University Gallery. Solo/Together: 50th Annual UF Art Faculty Exhibition will be on view at the Harn Museum of Art from Sept. 16, 2014 through Jan. 14, 2015.

The artists represented in the exhibition include: Linda Arbuckle, Anthea Behm, Amy Freeman, Katerie Gladdys, Richard Heipp, Anna Calluori Holcombe, Lisa Iglesias, Ron Janowich, Sean Miller, Julia Morrisroe, Robert Mueller, Derek Reeverts, Celeste Roberge, Brad Smith, Craig Smith, Nan Smith, Jack Stenner, Rotem Tamir, Bethany Taylor, Michelle Tillander, Sergio Vega, Amy Vigilante and Ellen Knudson. Media in the exhibition ranges from the traditional to processes that employ digital technology and 3D fabrication. Topics addressed in the works range from environmental issues and contemporary culture to the simple love of forming materials such as gold-leaf, silverpoint or wood into elegant forms. 

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Studio faculty art featured in 50th Annual Faculty Exhibition at the Harn Museum

The Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida is featuring art by UF’s School of Art + Art History (SA+AH) art studio faculty in a new exhibition titled Solo/Together: 50th Annual UF Art Faculty Exhibition. Twenty-three artists working in a wide range of media including painting, ceramics, mixed-media and video will display recently created works — some on view for the first time. This is the 50th year of holding the exhibition on UF’s campus which alternates venues between the Harn and University Gallery. Solo/Together: 50th Annual UF Art Faculty Exhibition will be on view at the Harn Museum of Art from Sept. 16, 2014 through Jan. 14, 2015.

The artists represented in the exhibition include: Linda Arbuckle, Anthea Behm, Amy Freeman, Katerie Gladdys, Richard Heipp, Anna Calluori Holcombe, Lisa Iglesias, Ron Janowich, Sean Miller, Julia Morrisroe, Robert Mueller, Derek Reeverts, Celeste Roberge, Brad Smith, Craig Smith, Nan Smith, Jack Stenner, Rotem Tamir, Bethany Taylor, Michelle Tillander, Sergio Vega, Amy Vigilante and Ellen Knudson. Media in the exhibition ranges from the traditional to processes that employ digital technology and 3D fabrication. Topics addressed in the works range from environmental issues and contemporary culture to the simple love of forming materials such as gold-leaf, silverpoint or wood into elegant forms.

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Assistant Professor Charlie Mitchell publishes textbook

Congratulations to Dr. Charlie Mitchell, assistant professor in the School of Theatre + Dance, on the recent publication of his open source textbook, Theatrical Worlds, published online by University Press of Florida. This is a ground-breaking text for the teaching of introductory theatre courses that has been years in development. Congratulations also to Stacey Galloway, assistant professor, for her chapter on costume design. 

SA+AH hires Anthea Behm for a tenure track position in Creative Photography

The SA+AH is pleased to announce that current Visiting Assistant Professor Anthea Behm has accepted a tenure track position in Creative Photography following a full national search.

Behn received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has received fellowships from the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program and The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston’s Core Program.

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On Saturday, April 12, 2014 several members of the UF Carillon Studio spent the day at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Fla. The highlight of the visit was the afternoon masterclass with carillonneur Geert D’hollander. Pictured in front of the tower’s gold door are (from left to right): Mindy Wang, Kelsey Grabach, Bok Tower carillonneur Geert D’hollander, Cody Chasteen and Michael Schulz. 

On Saturday, April 12, 2014 several members of the UF Carillon Studio spent the day at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Fla. The highlight of the visit was the afternoon masterclass with carillonneur Geert D’hollander. Pictured in front of the tower’s gold door are (from left to right): Mindy Wang, Kelsey Grabach, Bok Tower carillonneur Geert D’hollander, Cody Chasteen and Michael Schulz. 

Congratulations to Dr. Victoria Rovine and Dr. Margaret Butler, 2013-2014 College of Fine Arts Award Recipients

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Congratulations to 2013-2014 College of Fine Arts Teacher of the Year Dr. Victoria Rovine of the School of Art + Art History, left, and 2013-2014 College of Fine Arts Faculty Advising/Mentor of the Year Dr. Margaret Butler of the School of Music. Rovine and Butler were honored at an awards reception hosted by the UF Office of the Provost at the President’s House on April 18, 2014.

SA+AH Professor Dr. Glenn Willumson Awarded Getty Research Institute Grant

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Dr. Glenn Willumson, a professor with the School of Art + Art History, has received a Getty Research Institute grant for 2014. During his six-week residency at the Research Institute, Dr. Willumson will prepare a paper for a Getty Symposium planned for the fall of 2015 that considers the role of the curatorial photographic archive in the digital age. He will also conduct research about the rise of photography as a collectible commodity during the 1970s and its subsequent impact on how we conceive of photographic history today.

"The Center for Creative Photography focuses on twentieth-century photography and houses arguably the largest and finest photography collections and archives in the world," says Dr. Willumson. "I did my dissertation research there over twenty-five years ago. It will be a great pleasure to return and to mine the rich resources of the Center."

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SoTD Adjunct Lecturer Kristin O’Neal Leads National Water Dance Project

School of Theatre and Dance students at the National Water Dance Project at Blue Springs in High Springs, April 12, 2014. Photo by Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun.

SoTD adjunct lecturer Kristin O’Neal led the National Water Dance Project on Saturday, April 12, 2014. The project took place at venues across the United States and locally at Blue Springs Park. O’Neal engaged with Dance Composition II students and colleagues across the United States to bring attention to fragile water resources.

“These 14 students worked together to create a beautifully inspiring site-specific work at Blue Springs while connecting with the rest of the nation dancing simultaneously around bodies of water,” O’Neal said.

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Professor and Head of Music Education Russell Robinson to Conduct at Carnegie Hall for His Third Time in June

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Dr. Russell Robinson has been asked to conduct at Carnegie Hall for his third time on June 3, 2014. His debut there was in 1997, then he conducted again in 2006 when he premiered School of Music Professor Paul Basler’s Missa Brevis with chorus, professional orchestra and soloists. Robinson was asked by New York producer, Norman Dunfee, president and executive director of Mid-America productions, to be the conductor of this year’s Carnegie Hall concert.

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SA+AH MFA Alum Lisa Iglesias Hired for SA+AH Tenure Track Position in Drawing

imageUF SA+AH MFA alum and current visiting assistant professor, Lisa Iglesias, has accepted a tenure track position in drawing with the SA+AH. She was chosen after a national search with more than 140 applicants. Iglesias generates enthusiasm among her students, champions research, observational, conceptual and collaborative work in the classroom, and is well positioned to interface between drawing and other disciplines.
 

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New Documentary About Photographer and Former SA+AH Professor Jerry Uelsmann and Artist Maggie Taylor

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Gainesville’s husband-and-wife artists, Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor, will showcase their talents in their first documentary, Jerry & Maggie: This Is Not Photography on April 30, 2014 on Link TV at 8 p.m. EST (DirecTV 375 and DISH Network 9410).

The film features the surreal and groundbreaking photography of the Gainesville husband and wife duo. Uelsmann experiments in a darkroom. Taylor composes on a computer screen. Together, they broke free of traditional notions of photography to create haunting, layered dreamscapes that challenge the medium’s possibilities. Step inside their Florida compound to see their complementary work and contrasting processes­ and find out how they overcame the early skepticism of their art-world peers to become luminaries in their field.

To view a trailer of the film, click here.