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Six College of Fine Arts students recognized at UF’s International Student Award Ceremony

Dr. Margaret Mertz (center) with 2013 Outstanding Student Awards recipients, from left to right: Ye Su, Nina Menezes, Shabnam Goli and Fuer Liu. Not pictured: Zhe Deng and Agata Strausa. Photo by Ethel Porras.

Six students from the College of Fine Arts were recognized at the 19th annual International Student Awards Ceremony held at UF on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. Associate Dean of Research, Technology and Administrative Affairs Dr. Margaret Mertz presented Zhe Deng, Shabnam Goli, Fuer Liu, Nina Menezes, Agata Strausa and Ye Su with 2013 Outstanding Student Awards on behalf of the college.

The ceremony was hosted by the UF International Center to recognize the achievements of international students at UF. Several awards were presented, including the Outstanding Student Awards with honorees from 14 of UF’s colleges. Awards celebrate the academic achievement of the international students as well as outside achievements and outstanding work.

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UF SoM carillonneur Mitchell Stecker wins carillon composition award for the Festival de la Musique Sacrée de Perpignan 2014

imageUF School of Music carillonneur Mitchell Stecker has won the carillon composition award for the Festival de la Musique Sacrée de Perpignan 2014. Stecker’s work, Spiraculum Vitae, was selected by a jury and will be premiered by Elizabeth Vitú during the festival in April 2014. Stecker has been a member of the UF carillon studio for two and a half years, recently achieved Associate Carillonneur status with the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America, and frequently performs in Century Tower. Stecker plans to travel to France for the premiere of his composition.

UF SA+AH Associate Professor Sergio Vega showing work in the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection debut at Art Basel Miami


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.

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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.

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The UF Center for World Arts Agbedidi ensemble heading to Miami

The UF Center for World Arts Agbedidi ensemble will travel to Miami this weekend to perform in The African Dance Celebration alongside dancers from the New World School of the Arts (NWSA) Also, the musicians and select dancers from Agbedidi will be making their first appearance at the Miami International Book Fair on Sunday.

The African Dance Celebration
The African Dance Celebration celebrates the African Diaspora. This popular performance is the culmination of a joint performance project and features dance students from the University of Florida and New World performing with life drummers.

November 22, 23, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: New World Dance Theater
25 NE 2 Street, 8th floor, Miami
General admission, students and seniors $10
Information (305) 237-3341

The School of Theatre + Dance introduces visiting performer and choreographer, Barakissa Coulibaly, for SoTD’s annual dance celebration, Agbedidi


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.

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Celebrate the opening of the “Kongo across the Waters” exhibition with the Harn Museum of art by coming to Museum Nights tonight and Family Day on Saturday

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 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.

The University Gallery is pleased to present ‘Garden of the Heart’s Desire’ opening December 3


Garden of the Heart’s Desire
Persian Textiles from the Collection of Mahin Ghanbari
December 3, 2013 - February 7, 2014
University and Grinter Galleries
Public Reception: 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. in the University Gallery

The University Gallery is pleased to present Garden of the Heart’s Desire, Persian textiles from the collection of Mahin Ghanbari, a College of Fine Arts alumnus (MFA ceramics, ‘82). The garden resides at the heart of Persian culture, serving as both a physical space for social interaction, religious devotion, and scholarly contemplation as well as an intangible ideal of artistry and beauty, manifested in the literary and fine arts. Garden of the Heart’s Desire is a selection of stunning textiles spanning centuries from the Golzar Collection, acquired by Mahin Ghanbari. Golzar, which roughly translates to “land of flowers,” was the name of Mrs. Ghanbari’s aunt, who gave a beautiful brocade textile to Mrs. Ghanbari and inspired her life-long passion for textiles. The collection she has amassed is beautiful and varied, with silk, cotton and wool fabrics that are embroidered, woven, and stitched. The paisleys and nature motifs are stunning. The craftsmanship in each piece is truly remarkable.

Garden of the Heart’s Desire presents the story of Persian love, family, and heritage, told through allegorical gardens meticulously crafted into these magnificent textiles. Divided between two galleries, the main University Gallery presents canonical examples of Persian artistry, while Grinter Gallery provides background information on the history of the collection as well as the making and use of the various pieces presented. We invite you to enter the invigorating contemplative space created by these objects and experience the intertwining stories of love and labor that make up the art of textiles. Mrs. Ghanbari will present a talk about her collection in conjunction with the exhibition.

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You’re invited to an Indian Classical Music Concert this Friday

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.

Music Building
435 Newell Drive, next to Century Tower
UF campus

The UF College of Fine Arts and The Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience present: Celebrate Brazil


Celebrate Brazil
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
Price: $10 
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.

The UF School of Theatre + Dance presents: Agbedidi


Nov. 15-16, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 17, 2:00 p.m.
Constans Theatre
Price: $13-$17.
Info: (352) 273-0500,
For tickets: Call the University Box Office:
(352) 392-1653
Visit the University Box Office-O’Connell Center, Gate 1: see website for details and hours:
Visit the University Box Office-Constans Theatre: opens 45 minutes prior to performance
Order online at additional processing fees may apply.

Directed by Mohamed DaCosta.
Featuring UF Center for World Arts Artist-in-Residence Barakissa Coulibaly

An annual highlight since 1995, Agbedidi spreads the promise of a long and prosperous life for African-influenced performance, all over the globe.  Featuring world-class musicians and guest artists, Agbedidi is a joyous celebration of dancing and drumming for audiences of all ages. Performances on Friday and Saturday include World Dance selections from the New World School of the Arts in a diverse program of powerful dancing spanning countries and continents.

UF SA+AH Associate Professor Craig Smith presenting at ‘Tuning Speculation’ workshop in Canada

Tuning Speculation: Experimental Aesthetics and the Sonic Imaginary
November 1-2, 2013
Arraymusic studio
155 Walnut Avenue
Toronto, Canada

UF SA+AH Associate Professor Craig Smith will present his project The Parasite: A Sound and Text Performance at the upcoming conference: Tuning Speculation; Experimental Aesthetics and the Sonic Imaginary. This conference is hosted by York University and will be held on November 1 and 2, 2013 in Toronto, Canada. Smith will be speaking at 9:50 a.m. on Friday, November 1, 2013.

Smith’s paper is titled: Country Rats and Cage Matches; the Fabular
Objects of Serres’ Sonic Parasite

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