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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 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 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.

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 Receives President’s Award

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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

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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.