UF Ceramics Professor Linda Arbuckle will be appearing on UF MFA alum Ben Carter’s podcast Tales of Red Clay Rambler. The episode will also feature Doug Casebeer and Alleghany Meadows, and the four speakers will discuss mentorship in the life of an artist.
To find out more about this episode of Carter’s podcast, click here.
Four members of the UF Organ Studio performed in a recital on the Holtkamp pipe organ at Penney Farms Memorial Church, Penney Farms, FL, on Sunday, December 1, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. Performers (pictured left to right) were Mitchell Stecker, Hyun Ji Son, Michelle Klima, and Jason Joseph. The program included a survey of chorale-based works appropriate for Thanksgiving, Advent, and Christmas.
Congratulations to UF SA+AH Associate Professor Dr. Victoria Rovine on receiving the 2014 College of Fine Arts Teacher of the Year Award!
The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, the nation’s first merged ballet-opera-symphony orchestra, partnered with composer and UF School of Music alum Stella Sung (MFA Music Composition, ’84) on an innovative residency that began in the summer of 2013 and will continue to unfold through the next season. Dr. Sung is creating new pieces, including a one-act opera, a chamber work for dance and music for educational performances. In addition, the work for dance offers a new opportunity for enhancement of ballet performances.
The League of American Orchestras, a prominent orchestra organization, recently highlighted the Music Alive award that Dr. Stung received to work with the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, reaffirming the significance of her work.
The UF School of Music presents Sounds of the Season: The Twelfth Day of Christmas
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.,
Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Free & Open to the Public
Familiar holiday music will travel through the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts’ auditorium for Sounds of the Season, showcasing the UF School of Music at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 3, 2013.
Presented by President and Mrs. Machen, this up-beat holiday concert will feature over 300 performers. Student singers from the University of Florida Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale and Men’s Glee Club will render this eclectic program. The Gainesville Civic Chorus will add their vocal muscle. The University of Florida Symphony Orchestra will enlarge the seasonal sonorous pallet. The dancers and African percussionists from Santa Fe College will add visual delight and bring rhythmic dynamism to the festivities.
Out of 74 nominations, School of Music Professor & Program Director Will Kesling (pictured left) and Assistant Professor & Conductor of the Gator Marching Band Jay Watkins (pictured right) are two of only six winners of the Spirit of Gainesville Awards.
Here is an excerpt from “Six people recognized with Spirit of Gainesville Awards” by Elise Giordano that appeared in the Gainesville Sun on November 25, 2013:
The third annual Spirit of Gainesville Awards ceremony was held in the atrium of The Gainesville Sun’s offices Monday evening. Six awards were handed out to individuals in the community who were nominated by their peers as paragons of the spirit of Gainesville in several categories.
More than 150 guests took part in Wednesday’s awards ceremony.
The winners were: Will Kesling for the arts, Phoebe Cade Miles for entrepreneurship, Dr. Karen E. Harris for medicine, Hazel K. Williams for community service, John “Jay” Watkins for education and Danny Veilleux for the youth category.
Overall, 74 people were nominated by community members through online submissions in a range of categories.
Read the full article here.
UF SA+AH Associate Professor Sergio Vega will be showing work in the exhibition Permission To Be Global/Prácticas Globales: Latin American Art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection premiering at Art Basel in Miami (December 4-8, 2013).
Permission To Be Global/Prácticas Globales is organized into four sections: “Power Parodied,” “Borders Redefined,” “Occupied Geometries” and “Absence Accumulated.” Vega’s piece Structuralist Study of Poverty (Potato, Onion, Garlic) (2002) will be featured in “Power Parodied.” “Power Parodied” explores how artists call attention to unjust social realities through exaggerations of scale, extreme repetition, ironic references to the status quo and outlandish ideas for escaping social ills. Vega’s piece tops model-size shacks with a potato, onion and garlic (nutritional staples in the Americas) on pedestals of varied heights to evoke economic bar graphs that measure poverty levels.
More about the exhibition
The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), join forces on the exhibition Permission To Be Global/Prácticas Globales: Latin American Art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection, featuring contemporary works by artists from across Latin America. Drawn from the holdings of Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, founder and president of CIFO, the exhibition premieres during Art Basel Miami Beach (December 4-8, 2013) and then travels to the MFA in March of 2014. Incorporating sculpture, painting, photography, video, installation and performance art from 1960 to the present, Permission To Be Global/Prácticas Globales features 61 artists from Central and South America and the Caribbean.
Read more here.
UF ceramics professor Nan Smith served as the juror for the second edition of 500 Figures in Clay, an international survey on the use of the human figure in contemporary ceramics. Smith organized the survey into chapters and provided an assessment of the state of this art form in the introduction. Information about Smith’s career with a photo of the artist appears on the back cover page. The book has been published and advance copies of it are available through Sterling Publications.
The College of Fine Arts is proud to celebrate the benefits of international education and global exchange, and the School of Theatre + Dance is a leader in bringing intercontinental artists to Gainesville to share with students. The School of Theatre + Dance along with the Center for World Arts welcomes artist-in-residence Barakissa Coulibaly, who is choreographing a group work for the School’s annual dance celebration, Agbedidi (Nov. 15-17).
Coulibaly is a dancer/choreographer and teacher who hails from Abobo, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. She began her career in traditional dance in 1990 with Fotemogoban, an Ivorian dance troupe based at the Cultural Center of Abobo. Coulibaly developed her signature style during the next decade, performing internationally with Djolem in Switzerland, Greece, France, and Germany. In 1998, she joined the company of Aicha Kone—the diva of Ivorian popular music and grand dame of Afropop—touring Cameroon, Gabon, Benin, Congo, Nigeria, and Burkina Faso. Between 2000 and 2011, Coulibaly collaborated with various international artists and performed in Spain, Cote d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone, the United Kingdom, Japan, the Netherlands, Mali, Senegal, and France.
UF Clinical and Translational Research Building.
The School of Art + Art History has been working closely with UF’s Clinical and Translation Research Building (CTRB) to place our student’s artwork in their beautiful new facility on campus.
We are very pleased to announce the second phase of our partnership with a public art competition that will be open to all SA+AH students, alumni and faculty. The CTRB is looking to commission site specific art for their building that addresses Clinical and Translation Research. 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.
Please join the Harn Museum of Art in celebrating the “Kongo across the Waters” exhibition by participating in these upcoming programs. Admission is free. Visit www.kongoacrossthewaters.org for more information.
“Kongo across the Waters” lecture during Museum Nights
Harn Museum of Art
Thursday, November 14, 6:00 p.m.
John Thornton, Professor of African American Studies and History, Boston University
Thornton specializes in Africa and Atlantic History and is a co-author of “Central Africans, Atlantic Creoles, and the Foundation of the Americas” (Cambridge University Press, 2007), which won the Melville J. Herskovits Prize that year.
Enjoy music from Jacaré Brazil and the Pazeni Sauti Africa Choir tonight
Museum Nights: “Kongo across the Waters
Thursday, November 14, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Celebrate the recently opened exhibition Kongo across the Waters. Music, performances, creative opportunities and other fun activities will be offered on this evening. Museum Nights is an ongoing program made possible by the generous support of the University of Florida Office of the Provost and Student Government.
Family Day: “Kongo across the Waters
Saturday, November 16, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Enjoy family-friendly tours of Kongo across the Watersas a part of International Education Week. Learn about African head-wrap styles and view an African dance demonstration and fashion show by The Gainesville Chapter of the Links, Inc. Guest Artist Sarah Hammond, a traditional basket maker from South Carolina will demonstrate sweet grass baskets and instruct families on how to start one of their own. In addition, children can make memory jars to take home. A donation of $5 per family or $2 per child is requested if you wish to participate in the art activity.
Indian Classical Music Concert
Fri., November 15, 2013, 7.30 p.m.-9.00 p.m.
Music Building, Room 121
Lecture and Demonstration by Dr. Lalitha Muthuswamy
Fri., November 15, 9.35 a.m.-10.25 a.m.
Music Building, Room 101
Both events are free and open to the public.
The Center for the Study of Hindu Traditions (CHiTra) and the School of Music at the University of Florida present an Indian Classical Music Concert by violinist, Dr. Lalitha Muthuswamy (Nehru-Fulbright Fellow, University of Iowa, 2013). She will be accompanied by Keshav Nelavai (mridangam) and Kevin Singh (tabla).
Dr. Muthuswamy will also give a Lecture-Demonstration on South Indian classical (Carnatic) music on Friday, November 15, 9.35 a.m.-10.25 a.m, in the Music Building, room 101.
435 Newell Drive, next to Century Tower
Featuring Ulisses Rocha and Welson Tremura
Sunday November 17 at 2:00 p.m.
Lohman Auditorium, Whitney Laboratory CMS Building
9505 Ocean Shore Boulevard
St. Augustine, Fl 32080
For tickets call: 904.461.4000
Come enjoy the diversity of Brazilian music with Rocha and Tremura on Sunday, November 17th at 2:00 p.m. You’ll be gifted with the fusion of music and poetry brought together by the rich styles and rhythms of a country blessed with incredible regional and cultural diversity.
Ulisses Rocha was born in Rio de Janiero and is one of Brazil’s leading guitarists. He is currently a visiting professor with the School of Music at the University of Florida where he develops and directs the guitar and vocal ensembles specializing in ethnomusicology. Rocha is also the UF Center for Latin American Studies’ 2012/2013 Bacardi Family Eminent Scholar.
Dr. Welson Tremura is an Associate Professor of World Music in the UF School of Music and has a joint appointment with the Center for Latin American Studies. Dr. Tremura is well-versed in Brazilian Jazz, classical, and vocal music as well as traditional European classical forms, and also specializes in ethnomusicology and world music. Dr. Tremura is the co-director for “Jacaré Brazil” (Brazilian music ensemble) and the founder and director for the Brazilian Music Institute.
Two Nights with Puccini – featuring Suor Angelica and scenes from La Bohème
Sat., Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 17 at 1:00 p.m.
Location, Music Building, Room 101
Price: VIP tickets (those closest to stage) $25, general seating $15,
student tickets $10.
The UF Opera Theatre and The Ocala Symphony Orchestra partner again to bring one of opera’s greatest masters, Giacomo Puccini, to the stage. Suor Angelica is a complete one–act opera which tells the tale of a lovely, warm hearted woman, who has been banished to a convent for the sins of her past. La Bohème is Puccini’s most beloved opera and our highlights include scenes that were featured in the movie Moonstruck.
Talented vocal performers from the University of Florida School of Music graduate and undergraduate music programs make up the cast, under the direction of Dr. Anthony Offerle, director of the UF Opera Theatre. Maestro Mathew Wardell will conduct the Ocala Symphony Orchestra in this joint production.
NCFBS Blues Show
Fiday November 15, 7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.
Bo Diddley Community Plaza
111 East University Ave, Gainesville
The big free North Central Florida Blues Society (NCFBS) Blues Show at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza in downtown Gainesville is an evening of music kicking off the Downtown Festival and Art Show on Friday, November 15. The show will feature three great blues acts. Big Time Juke & the Joints open the show at 7:00 p.m. followed by the R. Mutt Blues Band, two time winners of the NCFBS Blues Challenge at 8:00 p.m. Headlining the evenings show at 9:00 p.m. is Memphis native Brandon Santini who was nominated for The Sean Costello Rising Star Award. His harmonica playing has been compared to Sonny Boy Williamson as well as James Cotton, and he’s also a fine singer with a great backing band.