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.
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.
School of Music Associate Professor of Flute Kristen Stoner’s latest solo CD, Colors: Works for Flute by American Composers, was positively reviewed in the National Flute Association’s periodical, The Flutist Quarterly, Spring 2014 issue.
Congratulations, Professor Stoner!
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.
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."
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.
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.
UF 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.
In an article in the Miami Herald by David Ovalle on March 28, 2014, art history professor Dr. Robin Poynor was quoted about competing claims of authenticity among sects of the Santeria religion.
To read the article, click here.
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.
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!
Pictured 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.